In addition to Torrance Memorial Medical Center's recent certification in Inpatient Diabetes, the medical center has been honored for stroke and heart failure care. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has bestowed the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award, recognizing the hospital's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
At the same time, the hospital received the Guidelines Gold Plus Quality Award, which signifies that it has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85% compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care, as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
Torrance Memorial achieved an 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke performance achievement indicators for 12 consecutive months and achieved 75% or higher compliance with six of the 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality measures (reporting initiatives to measure quality of care).
Under Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.
In addition, Torrance Memorial has also been recognized as a recipient of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50% of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV rt-PA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as "door-to-needle" time).
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. In addition, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.