Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers

The Joint Commission has certified all Swedish Cherry Hill, Swedish First Hill, and the emergency departments at Swedish Ballard and Swedish Issaquah Primary Stroke Centers. The Joint Commission is the primary agency for evaluating and accrediting more than 18,000 health-care organizations and hospitals in the United States. It sets standards of care and patient safety goals to ensure patients receive safe, effective and high-quality care.

Being designated a Primary Stroke Center recognizes the expertise and dedication of the Swedish stroke team, and its commitment to improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Get with the Guidelines® Award


The American Stroke Association has awarded the Swedish Medical Center Stroke Program the 2011 and 2012 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke care This award acknowledges the Swedish commitment to using rigorous, evidence-based guidelines and to providing exceptional care for stroke patients.

To qualify for the award, Swedish had to demonstrate 85 percent or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines- Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for 12 consecutive months and 75 percent or higher compliance with at least 6 out of 10 possible Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures.

In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Swedish has also been recognized as a 2011 and 2012 recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. To qualify for this quarterly achievement, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have to have received IV rt-PA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).

Our stroke team



For stroke survivors

Visit Stroke Smart or Stroke Connection for information on recovery, resources and support.


Signs of a stroke

F – Face:
Ask the patient to smile. Does one side droop?
A – Arms:
Does one arm fall down when the patient holds both arms up?
S – Speech:
Is the patient’s speech slurred or garbled?
T – Time:
If you suspect stroke, time is critical. Call 911 immediately.


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One Patient's Story
Judith knew she needed help. The Swedish Stroke Team was there for her.
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