Heritage Valley Hospitals Receive American Heart Association Stroke Quality Achievement Awards

Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.  

Heritage Valley Beaver has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.  

Heritage Valley Sewickley has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.     

Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health; get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.  

“This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Linda Homyk, vice president and chief nursing officer, Patient Care Services, Heritage Valley Health System. “Both Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley continue to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”  

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Heritage Valley Beaver achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. Heritage Valley Sewickley met this same performance level for one 12-month period to receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.  

Additionally, Heritage Valley Beaver qualified for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus designation. This designation is given to hospitals achieving Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy ≤ 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA AND door-to-needle time. Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy within 45 minutes in 50 percent of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.  

“We are pleased to recognize Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”  

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. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Heritage Valley Beaver. Pictured left to right: Dr. Ron Leckey, System Director, Emergency Services; Shelby Smith, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department; Kristen Plutko-Ronosky, Stroke Coordinator; Ms.Gina Hrach, director of quality and systems improvement, Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; Linda Homyk, vice president and chief nursing officer, Patient Care Services and Norm Mitry, President and CEO, Heritage Valley Health System.

Heritage Valley Sewickley. Pictured left to right: Dr. Ron Leckey, System Director, Emergency Services; Tyler Ketterer, Nurse Manager, Emergency Department; Kristen Plutko-Ronosky, Stroke Coordinator; Ms.Gina Hrach, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement, Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; Linda Homyk, vice president and chief nursing officer, Patient Care Services; Debbie Banks, Executive Director and Vice President of Development, Greater Pittsburgh Region, American Heart Association; and Norm Mitry, President and CEO, Heritage Valley Health System.