St. John Stroke Team Continues To Receive National Honors

St. John Heyman Stroke Team
St. John Heyman Stroke Team

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center at St. John Medical center was awarded a few of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)'s most prestigious awards for their quality stroke care. In addition to being certified as a comprehensive stroke center by the AHA/ASA and The Joint Commission, they were presented with the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award and the newly created Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award.

The Heyman Stroke Center has now earned five consecutive Gold Plus Awards for consistently adhering to core treatment guidelines, and has been listed on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for four consecutive years for their excellence in door-to-treatment times. Their door-to-treatment times actually fall well below the national average for other stroke care providers, within 60 minutes for at lest 75 percent of applicable patients.

St. John was the only hospital in eastern Oklahoma and one of 18 in the entire Southwest Affiliate to meet the Elite Plus standards, as they are incredibly rigorous.

"These honors demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines," said Anna Wanahita, MD, medical director of the St. John Heyman Stroke Center. "We earn these awards because everyone understands the importance of time in treating acute stroke victims, and everyone knows we have to work together. Our team always sees patient care as a priority, no matter what time of day or day of the week."

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center is the first comprehensive stroke center in eastern Oklahoma and one of only 84 nationwide. The certification, presented to only the nation's top health care providers, reflects their ability and commitment to treat even the most complex strokes.

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center is the only Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center in eastern Oklahoma and is nationally recognized for advanced endovascular stroke treatment therapies. They were honored at the 2015 International Stroke Conference as a leader in quality stroke care. For more information, visit or call 918-744-0123.