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Colorado hospitals nationally recognized for their commitment to providing high-quality stroke care


Five SCL Health, now Intermountain Healthcare, hospitals in Colorado received the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) award for their dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care. The award, given by the American Heart Association (AHA), recognizes their performance in the GWTG-Stroke program.

The AHA is recognizing Good Samaritan Medical Center, Saint Joseph Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, Platte Valley Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center nationally for the Gold Plus, Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll awards. This recognition is based on the 2021 data submitted. 

The award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the best treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines that lead to more lives saved and reduced disability in stroke patients. To qualify for this award, hospitals must demonstrate how they’ve committed to providing quality care for stroke patients, as well as educating patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

This is a huge accomplishment and a true testament to each hospital’s incredible cardiovascular caregivers who go above and beyond to provide their patients with world-class stroke care.

According to the AHA, Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the AHA and the American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

The Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll award is given to hospitals that meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster drug, Alteplase. The Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award is given to hospitals that assure patients with Type 2 diabetes receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to a stroke.

The AHA will celebrate all award-winning hospitals nationally by including them in the AHA advertisement in US News and World Report “Best Hospitals” print and digital editions, and at AHA national conferences, including the International Stroke Conference & Scientific Sessions. 

For the full list of award-winning hospitals and EMS providers, visit the AHA website at www.heart.org/quality