Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Stroke Programs Receive Gold Plus Achievement Award The Primary Stroke Programs at both Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee have received the “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award” from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This award recognizes Columbia St. Mary’s commitment to and success in providing the highest quality of care to stroke patients.
“Columbia St. Mary’s has always been dedicated to providing expert care to stroke patients throughout southeastern Wisconsin,” says Dr. Michael Connor, Medical Director of Columbia St. Mary’s Stroke Programs.“It’s a great honor to receive this national recognition and it’s a testament to the skill and dedication of our entire stroke team.”
The Gold Plus Quality Award is an advanced level of recognition awarded to hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months in each of the seven “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Measures” and other quality measures.
Columbia St. Mary’s Primary Stroke Programs have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association many times since their inception in 2006. Past awards include:
• 2012: Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee received “Gold Plus Quality
• 2013: Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee received “Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award”
• 2014: Columbia St. Mary’s Hospitals Milwaukee and Ozaukee received “Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award”
“Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Columbia St. Mary’s earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“Columbia St. Mary’s is always looking to improve the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” helps us achieve that goal,” said Dr. Connor. “With this award, our patients know they’re receiving care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”
Members of Columbia St. Mary's Primary Stroke Program
Front Row: Raul Gutierrez, Lab Assistant; Gerri Staffileno, Vice President, Operations, CSM Hospital Milwaukee; Bill Hart, Vice President, Operations, CSM Hospital Ozaukee; Randi Wirtz, Manager, Imaging Services; and Mike Degenhardt, Lab Assistant. Middle Row: Kathy McEwen, Director, Med/Surg; Laura Alar, Director, Pharmacy and Retail Medicine; Sue Godersky, Coordinator, Stroke-Trauma; and Leilani Ziller, Director, Accreditation and Performance Improvement. Back Row: Dr. Emily Yu, Emergency Medicine; Aracely Macias, Clinical Nurse 2; Deena Smaniotto, Manager, Patient Care; Kathy Beier, Lead CT Tech; Jill Fellrath, Clinical Nurse 2; and Robyn Thon, Clinical Supervisor.