SBCH Recieves American Stroke
Association Quality Award — Again


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award -- topping the Silver designation received earlier this year.


To receive the Silver Plus Quality award, SBCH achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures during that same period of time.



These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.



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SBCH is now in its 3rd year as
a Joint Commission Certified
Stroke Program  >>


The award recognizes Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.


SBCH has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate. The Stroke Program has also received Advanced Stroke Certification from the Joint Commission.


Get With The Guidelines® is a program that helps ensure consistent application of the most recent American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific guidelines for patient treatment. The program includes in-hospital modules for heart failure, stroke and resuscitation as well as a module for outpatient practices.