American Heart Assn. Gold Plus

Antelope Valley Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

“Antelope Valley Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication in helping patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Edward Mirzabegian, Antelope Valley Hospital CEO. “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. 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. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

“We are pleased to recognize Antelope Valley Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. “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.”

Antelope Valley Hospital also received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Advanced Therapy award. For this award, hospitals successfully treated at least 50 percent of qualified stroke patients within 90 minutes of arriving directly to their facility and within 60 minutes of arriving by EMS transport.

Additionally, Antelope Valley Hospital received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 percent of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Antelope Valley Hospital also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center and as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

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  1. I’m sorry, but I have to disagree, COMPLETELY! My children, Lily &Lincoln, and Father and Mother In law, Pops and Nana, and I, must let the people who awarded this Hospital and also, the people who published this, that, in my children’s father’s case, Michael Cincotta,
    That award and ANYTHING positive said about this Hospital and the way they handle Stroke victims and their families and loved ones, is more UNBELIEVABLE, HEARTBREAKING, ABSOLUTELY ILLEGAL and UNJUSTIFIED NIGHTMARE! Michael suffered a MASSIVE STROKE on March 25th 2020, the day our state “OFFICIALLY” declared the “COVID RESTRICTIONS” would begin for California. Unfortunately, for Michael and all of us, it was THE WORST JOSPITAL IN THE WORLD to go to in regards to this Life Threatening situation. Not one single person, not his Minor Dad or me and Michaels children, were aloud to be in their with him during any of the brain surgery and the aftermath of it and none of this whole heartbreaking, sensitive time, AT ALL. For a year and a half, NOT ONE OF US were aloud toseehim or be with him, not one time! When the ER Brain Surgeon, “CALLED” and informed us that he had to remove “Too much damaged brain tissue” for Michael to ever recover, and do we think he’d want to live as a vegetable, suggesting we,”Pull the plug”, I have to say, at that moment I COMPLETELY lost faith in that hospital! We, of course said,”NO, DO NOT PULL THE PLUG”, and demanded to know, WHEN, we could come and see him and EVERYONE in that hospital said,”We don’t know, I guess when the “COVID RESTRICTIONS LIFT”! For a year and a half, we suffered, Michael suffered, from NO CONTACT what so ever, the hospital wouldn’t even hold the phone to his ear so his familiars and loved ones could talk to him and so he could hear familiar voices, to try to encourage some kind of stimuli to his memory and his brain. And it justgotworse from that point on. I’m sorry today, but I am COMPLETELY DISGUSTED AND APPAULED by the way the ANTELOPE VALLEY HOSPITAL in Lancaster Ca has handled this unfortunate situation and we all feel like we have been SLAPPED in the face and tortured with this Denial of Human Rights, whatever they say was the reason, COVID or not! Sorry but I want the WORLD to know, that A.V. Hospital is THE WORST place togo to if you or your loved ones have had a stroke! And them being awarded for their Stroke treatment ANYTHINGS is a COMPLETE JOKE AND BLASPHOMY! So to speak!
    Stroke victims have RIGHTS as well as any Human, and Michaels, unfortunately, along with ours were COMPLETELY DISREGAURDED and VIOLATED by A.V. Hospital, Lancaster Ca and I’m sad to say, to this day, still are.

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