St. Francis and Good Samaritan Recognized for Quality Stroke Care by AHA

Grand Island, NE and Kearney, NE – CHI Health St. Francis and  CHI Health Good Samaritan, the area's state-designated Primary Stroke Center, have once again received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus achievement award. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

St. Francis additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. To qualify, 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. In addition they must also meet measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the ‘Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.’

“Our stroke team is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients and we are pleased to be recognized for this commitment. Research has shown that hospitals adhering to strict standards often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates,” says Dr. Adeolu Oluwaseun Morawo, neurologist, St. Francis Stroke Medical Director.

Good Samaritan also received the Get With The Guidelines®️️ Stroke Gold Plus achievement award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Good Samaritan, the first hospital in Nebraska to earn Primary Stroke Center designation, is celebrating the tenth anniversary for the achievement. They also have the only emergency room in Buffalo county with this elite level of recognition.

"A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute treatment is delayed," said Shelly Jorges, stroke program coordinator. "At Good Samaritan, we are continually advancing, finding better ways to treat strokes faster and more safely. This award just reinforces our team’s drive to provide the most up-to-date care to our friends and neighbors."

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.

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


Good Samaritan Stroke Team