KVH Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award


KVH Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“Being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition that a hospital can receive,” said Vicky Machorro, Chief Nursing Officer at Kittitas Valley Healthcare.  “KVH Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of patients who experience a stroke. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

Ellensburg resident Laurie Vidonne is aware that every second counts when a stroke strikes. On January 29, 2015, her right leg was giving her trouble all day.  After spending a few hours at the Adult Activity Center she returned home, went into the kitchen to fix a muffin, and discovered she couldn’t move her entire right side. Her husband Roy called 911, and Laurie was rushed by ambulance to KVH Hospital. 

Thanks to a collaborative partnership between KVH and Virginia Mason, Laurie was immediately examined by a specialist from Virginia Mason using telemedicine technology. With a KVH nurse helping guide the exam, a neurologist at Virginia Mason appeared on the screen and began talking to Laurie. “It was amazing,” Roy says. “It was really something to be here in Ellensburg and be able to get right through to a specialist at Virginia Mason. He looked at her and he talked to her and he knew exactly what was happening.”

After receiving the clot busting medication tPA, Laurie was transported to Virginia Mason for hospitalization in intensive care. Five days after her stroke, she was back in Ellensburg. Though the road to recovery has been long, her voice is hearty and her smile is frequent.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. 

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.