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MountainView Hospital receives the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Gold Quality Achievement Award

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July 18, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV (JUNE 17, 2012) – Today, MountainView Hospital was presented with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes MountainView’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get with the Guidelines–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time," said Will Wagnon, Chief Executive Officer for MountainView Hospital. "MountainView has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate."

To receive the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award, MountainView demonstrated 85% adherence in the Get with the Guidelines–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

"The American Stroke Association commends MountainView Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols," said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get with the Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients."

Get With The Guidelines - Stroke uses the "teachable moment," the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get with the Guidelines - Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get with the Guidelines Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About MountainView Hospital:
MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of Northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is often recognized for providing quality and compassionate care to our community for the past 16 years. MountainView Hospital is a certified Primary Stroke Center, an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The hospital is also a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital, and several surgery and diagnostic imaging centers offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

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3100 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV 89128
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About Get With The Guidelines:
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.