PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high quality stroke care

American Heart Association Presents Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Award for Proven Dedication to Ensuring All Stroke Patients Have Access to Best Practices and Lifesaving Care

SPRINGFIELD, Oregon – PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend’s DNV Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized standards. , research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early detection and treatment of strokes are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines® puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping to ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines . Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is a hospital program aimed at improving stroke care by encouraging consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of stroke and even prevent death.

“PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Dr. Elaine Skalabrin, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines into daily practice, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure that more people in Eugene, Springfield and the greater region we serve can live longer, healthier lives.

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization is committed to providing quality stroke patient care. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

“We are extremely pleased to recognize PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for its commitment to caring for stroke patients,” said Dr. Steven Messe, president of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for healthcare systems, families and communities.”

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in RiverBend also received the American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus Honor Roll Reward. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that shorten the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with alteplase, a clot-busting drug.

Additionally, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend received the Target: Stroke Award from the American Heart AssociationSM Honor Roll Advanced Therapy Award by meeting specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to remove the clot that caused the stroke.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend also received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll from the American Heart Association. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes, who may be at higher risk of complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to a stroke.

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is a Det Norske Veritas (DNV) certified stroke center with a comprehensive system for prompt diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Washington, is a nonprofit Catholic health system that provides care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers, and 10 medical centers serving urban and rural communities in the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what became PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared their expertise and transferred their wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to meet the unmet health care needs in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the Founding Sisters and continues in a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration, and social justice in fulfilling its mission. Visit us online at

About Get With The Guidelines®: Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and speeding recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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