SLU Only Hospital in Region Recognized by Heart Association for Both Heart Failure and Stroke 
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University Hospital is the only hospital in the St. Louis region to earn the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Plus performance award for treating patients with heart failure and stroke.

The Gold Plus award recognizes Saint Louis University Hospital for ensuring care that’s consistent with the most up-to-date scientific guidelines.

“Our commitment to outstanding care for patients is reflected in these awards,” says Nancy Noedel, RN, chief quality officer at Saint Louis University Hospital. “I’m very proud of this achievement as this is good for our patients and good for the community we serve.”

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. Saint Louis University Hospital was in a category one step higher with Gold Plus, representing 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.

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.

Such efforts are reflected at SLU Hospital through the Mid-America Stroke Network and the Center for Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care (C4). Each program is very unique. The network was founded at SLU Hospital and is a collaborative network of 48 hospitals that shares knowledge, technology and expertise to deliver quality stroke care in the bi-state region. Meanwhile the C4 is established for its individualized approach to heart disease.

“Every patient here has options for the best possible treatment unique to their individual case,” says Michael Lim, MD, co-director of the Center for Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care and a SLUCare physician. “These awards recognize our efforts.”

For the complete list of hospitals, visit the American Heart Association’s site here.

About Saint Louis University Hospital

Saint Louis University Hospital is a 356-licensed bed quaternary/tertiary referral center located in the heart of the city of St. Louis. Approximately 75 percent of patients are drawn from a 150-mile radius. Through affiliation as the teaching hospital for Saint Louis University, the hospital provides patients and their families with an environment of medical innovation. Working in this endeavor are the hospital’s medical staff partners, SLUCare, the physicians of Saint Louis University. The hospital admits more than 17,000 patients annually, performs more than 200 organ transplants a year and is a Level I Trauma Center that treats more than 2,000 major trauma cases a year. For more information, please visit



Jason Merrill