Long Beach Memorial's stroke program has achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®
Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. This award demonstrates Long Beach Memorial's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence based guidelines. To receive the award, Long Beach Memorial achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved compliance in nine of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. 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.