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Get With The Guidelines® Award

Kittitas Valley Healthcare has been nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality stroke care

The American Heart Association presents the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Award for proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care

Kittitas Valley Healthcare has received the American Heart Association’s 2022 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment 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 ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

The Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in central Washington experience longer, healthier lives.

About Get With The Guidelines

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

Donation by The Foundation at KVH

The Foundation at KVH presents Kittitas Valley Healthcare with Donation

(Ellensburg) March 31, 2022 – The Foundation at Kittitas Valley Healthcare, which directly supports the programs and services of Kittitas Valley Healthcare, presented a check for $402,690.00 to Kittitas Valley Healthcare on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.  The release of funds is the largest in Foundation history thanks to generous donations from the community. 

“The Foundation is pleased to fund new state-of-the-art equipment for use in the surgical unit, CADD pumps for use by Home Health and Hospice and cardiac stress testing equipment from our FUND-A-Need campaigns of 2020-21,” said Bill Boyum, Foundation Board President.  “The new equipment uses the most advanced technology available and the Foundation is excited to be able to make this purchase for Kittitas Valley Healthcare.”

“Community support has always made us stronger and the need for charitable contributions is as great as it has ever been, said Foundation Board President, Bill Boyum. “The opportunity for meaningful impact is immense.”

The Foundation raises funds annually through an annual appeal to donors, Tough Enough to Wear Pink breast cancer awareness campaign and through fundraising events.

Foundation Board President, Bill Boyum, along with The Foundation Board of Directors, present KVH Commissioners Dr. Robert Davis and Jon Ward, KVH CFO, Scott Olander and KVH Chief of Facilities, Ron Urlacher with a check on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

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For more information on The Foundation at KVH, or to make a donation, please visit kvhealthcare.org/foundation.