May/June 2007

St. Anthony Central Receives American Stroke Association Achievement Award

St. Anthony Central Hospital, Denver, Colo., received the American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke” (GWTG-Stroke) Initial Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. To receive the award, St. Anthony Central Hospital consistently complied for 90 days with the requirements of the GWTG-Stroke program, which include the aggressive use of medications and smoking cessation. The 90-day period was the first stage in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to maintain the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain the award.