For Immediate Release

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Baltimore, MD – Sinai Hospital of Baltimore has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This designation signifies that Sinai is dedicated to treating stroke patients using the most up-to-date scientific research-based evidence.

Sinai received this recognition with the objectives of reducing the time it takes stroke patients to recuperate and by reducing the rates of disabilities and death during a pre-determined amount of time.

Among the criteria used were quality measures that had to be met to diagnose, assess, treat and keep in contact with stroke patients after they leave Sinai. Teaching individuals about taking care of themselves, scheduling a follow-up appointment and letting them know about other available care transition interventions were crucial guidelines as well. 

Sinai was also awarded the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award. This acknowledgement is given to hospitals that meet quality measures created to reduce the time between a 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.

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is pleased to recognize Sinai Hospital of Baltimore for its commitment to treating stroke patients and improving their outcomes,” says Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associated professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research demonstrations that hospitals which follow the clinical measures of the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often to see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

Someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds on average. Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

About Sinai Hospital:
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore is a 500-bed medical complex located in northwest Baltimore. Sinai Hospital is Maryland’s largest community hospital and third largest teaching hospital. Sinai Hospital is part of LifeBridge Health which is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of health services in Maryland. LifeBridge Health also includes Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, and related subsidiaries and affiliates. For more information, visit

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 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit


Helene King