Scripps is San Diego’s leader in stroke prevention, life-saving stroke treatment and stroke rehabilitation. For the fifth consecutive year, all five Scripps Health hospital campuses — Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital Green, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista and Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego — have earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for delivering high-quality, life-saving stroke care. The awards, which are part of the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines stroke program, recognize hospitals across the United States that consistently comply with patient management quality measures.
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista earned the Stroke Gold Quality Plus Achievement Award. These hospitals have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to core standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA/ASA for two consecutive calendar years or more. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated compliance to an additional level of heart failure quality during the 24-month or greater period.
A stroke happens when a blood vessel that provides oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked or ruptures. Without oxygen, brain cells start to die within minutes. The severity of a stroke depends on where the blood flow is blocked, and how many brain cells are affected.
According to the American Heart Association, in the United States someone has a stroke about every 40 seconds. It accounts for 1 of every 19 deaths and is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.