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Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care

LOS ANGELES, JULY 27, 2020 ― Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

“Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Will Grice, senior vice president, area manager, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center additionally received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. For those hospitals measuring Door-To-Device (DTD) times in at least 50% of applicable patients

within 90 minutes for direct arriving and within 60 minutes for transfer qualified for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy designation.

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center additionally received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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About Kaiser Permanente

For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. For more information, visit about.kaiserpermanente.org.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to 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/quality.

 

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Smoke Advisory

Fires in SoCal may be affecting you & your family. For those with asthma or COPD, stay indoors & keep windows closed. Turn on your A/C & ensure filter is clean. If you are masked to evacuate your home, take your medications with you.

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Kaiser Permanente takes new actions to fight racism and promote equity

Press Release: The actions – which include a $60 million joint investment with LISC and $40M in grant funding – will support more than 2,000 Black-owned businesses or businesses owned by other underrepresented individuals, and address deeply entrenched structural racism and the trauma and economic inequity it creates

 

OAKLAND, Calif. – Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, announced a series of actions – including $60 million in joint investments and $40 million in grant funding – to address systemic racism and lack of economic opportunities that have persisted for far too long and prevented communities of color, and especially Black communities, from achieving total health. This announcement comes as Kaiser Permanente deepens its 75-year commitment to equity and inclusion and sends a clear message that the organization stands with those who are fighting for equity and social justice.

 

“The tragic murder of George Floyd and so many others has reverberated around the world, pushing us to demand overdue change to a status quo that keeps communities of color in the margins and holds us all back as a society,” said Greg A. Adams, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “As a country, this is a moment to define who we are and what we stand for. We must take strong action to stop the physical, psychological, economic and social impacts of inequity and systemic racism so that we can create healthier communities where everybody, regardless of their skin color, can feel safe and thrive.”

 

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COVID-19 Bereavement Support Groups

If you’ve lost a loved one to COVID, please consider attending one of KP LAMC’s no-cost COVID bereavement support groups. We are here to help you during this difficult time, with experts available in English, Spanish and Armenian.

Please click the link to the flyer for details, and reach out to us with questions and to sign up.

English-speaking bereavement group: (Download flyer)
Wed, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Virtual (please call Sommer Sanford at 323-204-1351 to sign up for the group)

Spanish-speaking bereavement group: (Download flyer)
Thurs, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Virtual (please call Sonia Espinoza at 213-238-1092 to sign up for the group)

Armenian-speaking bereavement group: (Download flyer)
Thurs, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Virtual (Please call Katherine Sargsyan at 323-401-8566 to sign up for the group)

 

Changes to our visitor policy

If you plan to visit us for in-person care, you’ll see we have many safety measures in place to help protect your health while you’re in our facilities. Be sure to check our visitor policy before coming in for your visit.

 

For the health and safety of our patients, doctors, and staff, and in accordance with recent guidelines from the state of California, we are limiting visitors in our facilities. Anyone under 14 who is not a patient may not visit patients at this time.

 

Please do not visit or accompany patients if you have a cough or cold or are sick.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work diligently to protect our patients and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

 

Hospitals

  • Same-day surgery — 1 visitor only
  • Labor and delivery, postpartum, and pediatrics, including PICU and NICU — 1 visitor/birthing partner only
  • Pediatrics, PICU, and NICU — 1 visitor at a time, rotating between 2 designated caregivers
  • Hospice/end of life — 1 visitor only
  • Patients with cognitive disabilities who need assistance — 1 adult caregiver, 18 years or older
  • Language assistance — 1 person, only if interpreter services aren’t sufficient
  • Drivers for arriving surgery patients — may enter to provide contact information, and then must leave until the patient is ready for discharge

 

Emergency Departments

No visitors are allowed in our Emergency Departments, except for:

  • End of life care, by special arrangement
  • Patients with cognitive disabilities who need assistance — 1 adult caregiver, 18 years or older
  • Language assistance — 1 person, only if interpreter services aren’t sufficient

 

Medical offices 

No one accompanying a patient may enter if they have cold or cough symptoms. Exceptions may apply for single adults with a pediatric patient. Otherwise, we’re accepting patients only, except for:

  • Pediatrics — 1 adult accompanying a child; for newborns under 4 weeks, the mother may bring another adult to the visit
  • Patients with cognitive disabilities who need assistance — 1 adult caregiver, 18 years or older
  • Language assistance — 1 person, only if interpreter services aren’t sufficient
  • Care assistance – 1 visitor if a patient needs assistance with care or transportation