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Sacred Heart at RiverBend wins award for stroke care - 06/13/18

(Springfield, Ore.)— PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has once again received national recognition for its success and commitment to providing excellent care for stroke patients, according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.

This year marks the seventh consecutive year the RiverBend stroke team earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and the second year of recognition as among those listed on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll.

To receive the Gold Plus award, Sacred Heart at RiverBend achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to several quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures. These measures include aggressive use of medications aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

To qualify for the Elite Plus designation, RiverBend met specific quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster agent tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines has impacted more than two million patients since the program’s inception in 2003.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the national award demonstrates Sacred Heart at RiverBend’s commitment to providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Michael Wilder, MD, an interventional neurologist at Sacred Heart at RiverBend’s Primary Stroke Center. “Our team has worked diligently to increase the speed and improve the quality of care for stroke patients throughout the region, including care received during the rehabilitation process. Being honored for giving excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can get.”

In 2017, the stroke team at RiverBend treated 750 stroke patients.

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in Oregon and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. On average, someone suffers a stroke in the U.S. every 40 seconds.

Most often, stroke occurs when a blood clot stops blood flow to the brain. The brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. For more information about Sacred Heart at RiverBend’s Primary Stroke Center, visit

Media opportunity: Dr. Michael Wilder is available this week to discuss the stroke program at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, as well as an exciting new development in the treatment of stroke.

 Based on the findings of two recent studies, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association now suggest that the window of time patients with stroke symptoms can receive a certain kind of life-saving treatment is 24 hours, up from six. The procedure, a thrombectomy, is used to remove a blood clot from inside an artery or vein.

“Time is still absolutely critical in treating a stroke patient,” Dr. Wilder said, “but the expansion of that treatment window means more lives saved.”




Stroke Symptoms

The signs of stroke are distinct because they happen quickly. Use the FAST acronym to remember the signs of stroke.

  • F: Sudden onset of facial drooping
  • A: Sudden onset of arm weakness
  • S: Sudden onset of speech changes
  • T: Time to call 911 if any one of the above are positive


About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at



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