Los Robles Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke and Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence and for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.
Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Los Robles Hospital also qualified for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, which means the hospital has met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.
“Los Robles Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke and heart failure patients by implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with The Guidelines programs,” said Natalie Mussi, President and CEO. “By tracking and measuring our success with internationally-respected guidelines, we are able to assure our patients that they are receiving the best care possible.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Additionally, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. These staggering statistics emphasize how critical it is for hospitals to implement programs that focus on awareness, prevention, and improving outcomes for patients.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a licensed 362-bed acute care facility. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Los Robles Hospital has the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Ventura County and the only Emergency room in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties with the coveted EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating. In addition, it is the only hospital certified by both Counties as a STEMI-designated heart attack center for rapid heart attack response and is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. With over 600 physicians on its medical staff, representing over 50 medical and dental specialties, Los Robles is proud to be the community’s most trusted resource for health and a regional destination for care.