Olathe Medical Center Maintains National Recognition for Stroke Excellence

Olathe Medical Center (OMC) earned the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®: Stroke GOLD PLUS with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠ Honor Roll. These honors recognize OMC’s ongoing participation and success in Get With The Guidelines, a hospital-based program focused on improving stroke care.

Reserved for hospitals that meet rigorous treatment goals in eight areas of quality for 24+ consecutive months, GOLD PLUS is the most advanced level of stroke care recognition. 2022 marks the fifth consecutive year OMC received GOLD PLUS recognition and the sixth year it maintained Gold status. Additionally, OMC has maintained its Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll status since the award debuted in 2020. 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.

“Reducing mobility in more than 50% of stroke survivors, stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability,” Stephanee J. Evers, MD, Emergency Medicine doctor at OMC, said. “Quick and effective stroke care is an important measure in mitigating these life-altering effects and aiding in recovery. That’s why OMC is committed to providing evidence-based treatment for stroke patients in a timely manner.”

The OMC stroke program’s continuous performance improvement is centered on door-to-needle (DTN) time (time a patient presents to the Emergency Care Center to the time a clot-busting medication is given to the patient) of ≤45 minutes. OMC has also adopted AI radiologic imaging software that will further aid in reducing DTN times.

In addition to these accomplishments, OMC earned a High Performing rating in stroke care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” report and maintained advanced certification by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Primary Stroke Center 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.

About Olathe Health

Established in 1953, Olathe Health is a nonprofit regional health system powered by 2,300 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. Olathe Health is an integrated health system with a wide-ranging network of primary care and advanced specialty care in cardiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurology, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology, spine surgery and more. By leveraging advanced technology, top talent and community partnerships, Olathe Health furthers its mission to help people through healing, health and happiness.