The American Heart Association has recognized Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center for its work in stroke and heart attack care.
“St. Joseph’s is proud to have a long legacy of excellence in the acute treatment of both stroke and heart attack patients,” said Don Wiley, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s, in a statement. “This recognition from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association is a direct reflection of our team’s hard work and dedication to providing the best care possible to patients.”
The hospital was awarded with the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award.
The former award is given to those healthcare providers who meet specific achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. The latter was given to St. Joseph’s for implementing measures for the treatment of severe heart attack patients.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. One person, every 43 seconds will experience a heart attack, of which, 525,000 are first-time victims.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the CDC, and about 795,000 people suffer from it annually.