American Heart Association recognizes Providence for high-quality heart and stroke care

January 09, 2014
Providence Alaska Medical Center receives awards for preventing heart failure and stroke
Anchorage, AK — Providence Alaska Medical Center has received two national awards for its high-quality care of patients experiencing heart failure and stroke.
PAMC received the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for the care of heart failure patients and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the care of stroke patients from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This marks the third consecutive year Providence Alaska Medical Center has been recognized with a Get With The Guidelines quality achievement award.
“We are honored that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have again recognized Providence Alaska Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines programs,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive at Providence Alaska Medical Center. “The evidence-based guidelines for heart failure and stroke patients help us continue to provide the best possible care for Alaskans.”
Hospitals earn Gold Performance Achievement recognition for following treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time and maintaining this performance level for a minimum of two years.
Silver Plus recognition is earned by maintaining 85 percent compliance with all GWTG-Stroke Achievement measures for at least 12 consecutive months, in addition to achieving 75 percent compliance with select GWTG-Stroke Quality Measures for at least 12 consecutive months during the same time.
Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.
“Providence Alaska Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 670,000 new heart-failure cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure every year. Additionally, on average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.
About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers health care teams to save lives and reduce health care costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit