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The Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center believes in delivering the highest quality health care services, and this was underscored by receiving the American Heart Association’s 2021 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award that recognizes exceptional care for stroke patients.

To be named a recipient of this prestigious award, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center had to meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These measures include evaluation of the proper usage 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 disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, stroke patients also needed to receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Dr. Babak Morvarid, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Physician Stroke Program Director. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center joined all Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California and Hawaii in receiving this prestigious award.