PGH Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

Feb 12, 2020

AHA Stroke Presentation

Left to right: Dr. Jorge Becerra, vascular and interventional radiologist at Palmetto General Hospital; Ana Mederos, CEO at Palmetto General Hospital; Dr. Basil Yates, neurosurgeon at Palmetto General Hospital; Dexter Dore, director of critical care at Palmetto General Hospital; Dr. Ritesh Kaushal, medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Palmetto General Hospital; Jeffrey Walker, director of quality and system improvement at the American Heart Association; Lynne Dittmar, RN, stroke coordinator at Palmetto General Hospital; Brian Wilson, director of emergency services at Palmetto General Hospital; Julie Garcia, RN, MSN, quality management officer at Palmetto General Hospital.

Hialeah, Florida (July 1, 2015) - Palmetto General Hospital earns the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines.

To receive the Gold Quality Achievement Award, 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.  To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, hospitals must meet 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. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams meet the goal of speeding up the recovery process and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“I congratulate the team at our Comprehensive Stroke Center for achieving this outstanding recognition,” said Ana Mederos, CEO of Palmetto General Hospital. “This award demonstrates Palmetto General Hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment in the most efficient manner.”

“We are pleased to recognize Palmetto General Hospital for their commitment 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.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. For more information on Palmetto General Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, please call (305) 823-5000 or visit

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