Orange County Global Medical Center Receives Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Orange County Global Medical Center’s commitment to the highest quality stroke care


(Santa Ana, CA) Orange County Global Medical Center (OCGMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, as well as the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. This emphasizes the hospital’s dedication to ensuring stroke patients receive the pertinent treatment according to nationally acknowledged, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

       Orange County GMC received these distinctions by meeting detailed quality accomplishment 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/or disability for stroke patients. 

      “Orange County Global Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest level of stroke care to our patients.” said Sandra Moreno, OCGMC Chief Nursing Officer. “We have adopted the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative as a tool to help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

      “We are pleased to recognize Orange County Global Medical Center 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 fifth 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.

      For over 110 years, Orange County Global Medical Center has delivered innovative and advanced medical care to the Orange County community. Today, the 282-licensed bed facility, provides comprehensive healthcare for the entire family through its Trauma Center, Burn Center, Maternal Child Health program and more. Orange County Global Medical Center is designated by the County of Orange as one of only two Level II Trauma Centers and provides emergency services for more than 20,000 patients per year and is now also one of only two hundred Comprehensive Stroke Centers across the nation. Orange County Global Medical Center is also a Healthgrades 2017 Excellence Award Recipient for Labor and Delivery, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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