Mission Hospitals, Inc. Attains American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award With Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite Plus Ranking

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 28, 2017) – Mission Hospital is pleased to announce that it has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite Plus status. This coveted recognition means that Mission Hospital is among the subset of hospitals across the United States that offer the very best research-based stroke care.  Said another way, the standard of care provided to patients at Mission Hospital is reflective of the nation’s most current research and best practices on stroke care.

In order to be recognized, a hospital must meet 85% or more of the Guidelines’ markers of success for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and reach a 75% or greater rate of compliance with five of eight established Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality requirements. In order to be included on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus roster, Mission Hospital met measurable quality benchmarks that pertain to a shorter time between a stroke patient’s arrival at the hospital and the administration of the clot buster drug tissue plasminogen activator, also known as tPA. This is the only medication that is FDA-approved for the treatment of the most common type of stroke, ischemic stroke. Since time to treatment has the greatest impact on patient outcome, it is paramount that this drug be given within no more than three hours of a stroke’s onset in order to optimize the chances that a patient will suffer fewer complications and have the lowest possible risk of permanent disability or death from the stroke.

In addition to causing widespread disability among affected adults, The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association ranks stroke as the fifth most common cause of death in the United States.  Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., serves as National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines® Steering Committee and is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He declared these honors signal that Mission Hospital has an unwavering commitment to providing the best – and most rapid – stroke care. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program,” he added.

Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, COO of Mission Health and President of Mission Hospital shared that, along with her pride in Mission Hospital’s expert medical team and supporting caregivers who help stroke patients from diagnosis through treatment and beyond, this designation holds extra meaning – and value. “Not only are we in the ‘stroke belt’ of the United States, which consists of a group of southeastern states whose residents experience a disproportionate rate of stroke and stroke death, but western North Carolina’s patient population is older, sicker, and more economically challenged than the state and national averages. This combination of factors compels us to do all that we can to see our patients through a stroke diagnosis and its aftermath by using the most advanced tools and treatments available. The care we offer is better because of our alignment with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Get With The Guidelines® program,” she stated.

The combination of expert treatment and compassionate care that Mission Hospital is known for, and the research-driven stroke care protocol that constitutes the Get With The Guidelines Program® contribute to a level of care that fuels better patient outcomes and lowers our patients’ risk levels for recurrent stroke.


Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, N.C., is a not-for-profit hospital that serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital is licensed for 730 beds and houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. The flagship hospital of Mission Health, Mission Hospital was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics from 2009 to 2015. For more information, please visit mission-health.org.


 Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. For the fifth time in the past six years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company and part of IBM Watson Health in 2017. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital, and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.
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