Awards, Neurosciences

Spectrum Health West Michigan’s Stroke Program Nationally Recognized by American Heart Association

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 27, 2022 – Spectrum Health West Michigan has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

“Receiving the GoldPlus Award is an affirmation that we are providing the best and highest level of stroke care for our patients,” says Dr. Jiangyong (John) Min, Director of the Butterworth Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center. “Time is critical, and our dedicated stroke team works to assure that each patient receives care that is timely and appropriate.”

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S., and a leading cause of disability. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and accelerating recovery times.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Spectrum Health West Michigan for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines® is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

In addition to the GoldPlus Award, Spectrum Health received:

  • StrokeSM Elite Plus Award for meeting criteria that reduces the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster medication alteplase.
  • StrokeSM Honor Roll Advanced Therapy Award for meeting criteria aimed at reducing the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to remove the clot causing the stroke.
  • Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award for ensuring patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

About BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan
People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.