American Heart Association recognizes Memorial’s stroke patient care

Memorial Health System has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its commitment to care for stroke patients.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke happens when blood vessels that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain gets blocked or bursts. When that happens, the brain can’t get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die.

Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times. Memorial was awarded the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines award for its dedication to minimizing the effects of a stroke.

“Memorial is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Memorial Stroke Program Medical Director Dr. Lee Voulters. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our team to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in our community can experience longer, healthier lives and receive the best health care possible”

Program participants qualify for the Gold Plus award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home. 

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Memorial Health System for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer re-admissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

Memorial also received the American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.

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