Olathe Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Stroke Care Excellence

Olathe Medical Center (OMC) has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Elite Gold Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠ Honor Roll. These awards recognize OMC’s ongoing commitment to providing up-to-date, evidence-based treatment for patients experiencing a stroke.

Reserved for hospitals that meet rigorous treatment goals for 24+ consecutive months, Elite Gold Plus is the most advanced level of stroke care recognition. 2021 marks the fourth year in a row OMC received Elite Gold Plus and the fifth year it maintained Gold status. Additionally, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognizes Gold-level hospitals that deliver the same high-quality stroke care to patients hospitalized with Type 2 diabetes for 12+ consecutive months. OMC has maintained its Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll status since the award was first introduced in 2020.

“In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds and experiences a stroke-related death every four minutes,” Jay S. Zwibelman, MD, an Olathe Health neurologist, said.  “The difference between a stroke and a stroke-related death or long-term complications depends on quick, comprehensive treatment. This is what drives our team to respond in a timely manner and according to current evidence-based practices.”

In addition to these awards, OMC earned a High Performing rating in stroke care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” report. OMC has also maintained advanced certification by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. This certification recognizes OMC’s stroke program for its quality stroke care that possesses the critical elements needed to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Moreover, in partnership with local EMS, the OMC stroke team performs an average door-to-needle time (time a patient presents to the Emergency Care Center to the time a clot-busting medication is given to the patient) of < 40 minutes. OMC’s stroke program outperforms the American Heart Association /American Stroke Association’s gold standard timeframe by 20 minutes.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

About Olathe Health

Established in 1953, Olathe Health is an independently owned regional health system powered by 2,500 associates and 350 providers. Comprised of two nationally accredited hospitals (Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center) and more than 60 primary care and specialty care locations, the Olathe Health network serves multiple counties in the greater Kansas City area. Inspired by innovation, Olathe Health offers advanced cardiology, oncology, orthopedic and obstetrics care close to home. By leveraging advanced technology, clinical trials, top talent and community partnerships, Olathe Health furthers its mission of helping people through health, healing and happiness.