Mather Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Mather’s commitment to quality and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients using nationally accepted clinical guidelines.

"Mather Hospital is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our stroke patients," said Mather Hospital President Kenneth Roberts. "The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal. This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and I’m very proud of the Mather Family for this accomplishment."

Mather achieved Gold by sustaining 85 percent or higher adherence to specific evidence-based guidelines over a 24-month consecutive time period as measured in the Get With The Guidelines program. In addition, the Plus designation is an advanced recognition that the Hospital reached at least 75 percent adherence to additional, optional quality measures.

This marks the second year in a row that Mather Hospital’s program has been recognized with a quality achievement award. Dinesh Shukala, MD is the director of the program and Joanne Lauten, RN serves as coordinator.

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.