Adventist Medical Center Receives Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Aaward From American Heart Association

Adventist Medical Center (AMC) has again been recognized 
as a leader in the care of stroke patients and is a recipient of the 2014 Get With The Guidelines® 
Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American 
Stroke Association. 
 
Get With The Guidelines helps AMC provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines, 
with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The 
hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis 
and treatment of stroke patients at a set level continuously for two years. These measures include 
timely and appropriate use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death 
and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. 
 
“We are less concerned about awards and more focused on ensuring that every patient receives 
the right care at the right time, every time,” states Vitalie Lupu, MD, a Portland neurologist who 
treats and admits his patients to AMC. “This award highlights the efforts of the physicians, 
nurses, and staff who demonstrate their commitment to ensure that our patients receive care 
based on best clinical outcomes.” 
 
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 
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. 
 
 “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality 
improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and 
reduce disparity gaps in care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get 
With The Guidelines steering committee and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. 
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke also evaluates hospitals on providing the community access to 
information on how to prevent strokes, while helping educate stroke patients how to manage 
their risk factors, recognize stroke warning signs and take their medications properly. 
 
About Adventist Health Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a 
nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency 
services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area is the flagship of Adventist Health 
services in the Portland area. Adventist Health-Portland, is staffed my more than 2,000 employees and includes 37 primary care and specialty clinics in the metro area. 
 
Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health 
care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our 
workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 
3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides 
compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and 
physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture 
retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.adventisthealthnw.com for more information. 
 
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