Miami, FL – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently recognized two Jackson Health System hospitals for their outstanding stroke care. Jackson Memorial Hospital is the recipient of the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll, and Jackson North Medical Center is the recipient of the Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Jackson is consistently a leader in stroke care in South Florida, recognized year after year by The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for our quality measures and outcomes,” said Carlos A. Migoya, Jackson Health System president and CEO. “With these awards, Jackson demonstrates its commitment to ensuring that all of our stroke patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Stroke patients and their families can be confident in the rapid and competent care they will receive, as Jackson had to demonstrate the highest standards to earn the awards.

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 achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Jackson Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

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

In association with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial has earned the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). Jackson Memorial is one of just 17 stroke centers in Florida with this designation. Jackson Memorial has also received Primary Stroke Center designation by the Joint Commission, an accreditation given to hospitals with care programs that follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve the outcomes for stroke patients.

Jackson North Medical Center has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for establishing procedures that ensure the prompt diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of stroke patients. We offer state-of-the-art facilities and technology and access to a unique multi-disciplinary team of specialists in collaboration with Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“We are pleased to recognize Jackson Memorial Hospital and Jackson North Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”

For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.


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 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit or

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