SLU Hospital Achieves American Heart Association’s Top Awards 

We did it! SLU Hospital achieved all of the top AHA GWTG awards!

For the second consecutive year, Saint Louis University Hospital has earned the American Heart Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” Gold Performance Awards in the areas of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke, making it the only hospital in the region to receive the highest awards possible in all three modalities.  In addition to the three Gold Performance Awards, SLU Hospital is one of only ten hospitals in the nation to have earned both Gold Plus Awards for heart failure and stroke care. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association created the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program to help ensure care that’s consistent with the most up-to-date scientific guidelines.

To achieve Gold Performance standards, hospitals must follow treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time and maintain that level of performance for consecutive twelve month intervals. The Gold Plus Awards represent an additional 75 percent compliance with module specific measures for at least twelve consecutive months. Hospitals participating in the GWTG program voluntarily self-report the data necessary to be considered for recognition in each category.

“Our commitment to outstanding care for patients with time critical diagnoses such as heart attack and stroke is reflected in these awards,” says Nancy Noedel, Chief Quality Officer at SLU Hospital. “I’m very proud of what SLU Hospital has achieved. This is good for our patients and good for the community we serve.”

The standards of care as outlined by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association start when the patient enters the hospital through the emergency room. Recommended standards of care must be met throughout the patient’s stay and are designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce the risk of patients needing to go back to the hospital.

“At SLU Hospital we are fortunate to have very talented physicians and caregivers at all levels that have demonstrated their relentless commitment to continuously meet the goals set forth by the American Heart and America Stroke Association,” says Crystal Haynes, Chief Executive Officer at SLU Hospital. “Quality is the culture at this hospital and our caregivers carry forth the culture everyday in caring for patients.”

SLU Hospital is the founding member of the MidAmerica Stroke Network, a collaborative network of hospitals that shares knowledge, technology and expertise to deliver quality stroke care in the bi-state region. The MidAmerica Stroke Network currently consists of 43 member hospitals and it continues to grow.

For more information about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines program, visit

To view pictures taken at the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Awards Ceremony at SLU Hospital, visit