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Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care
Date:7/28/2014

Best Hospitals for Stroke Care, 2014
  • Certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, 2012-13
  • HealthGrades - Among Top 5% of Hospitals Nationally, 2013-14
  • HealthGrades - Five-Star Award for Stroke Care, 2011-14
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award, 2013-14
  • "We are pleased to recognize St. Mary's Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients' length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care."

    Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps St. Mary's staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients' individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

    About Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center:
    Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been caring for the people of San Francisco since 1857. Located across from Golden Gate Park, it is the longest continually running hospital in San Francisco. In 2014, St. Mary's received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades. This prestigious award means St. Mary's is among the Top 5% of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide
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