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May 26 – Memorial Health earns National Accolades for Stroke Care

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May 26, 2017 - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines MStroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, the hospital system has announced.

To earn the recognition, MUMC had 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two consecutive years and 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

Memorial University Medical Center also achieved Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus designation. That means MUMC reduced the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved to treat ischemic stroke, significantly reduce the effects of stroke, and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

The Stroke Center of Excellence at MUMC includes rapid treatment, rehabilitation, community education, and a telemedicine program.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. At MUMC, our stroke team is available around the clock to provide brain scans, evaluations, and tPA as quickly as possible,” said Joseph Hogan, M.D., emergency medicine physician.

“After a stroke, we offer a comprehensive recovery process that stresses education and lifestyle improvements. Our goal is to help our patients return to a productive and fulfilling life,” said Joel Greenberg, M.D., neurologist and medical director of Memorial Stroke.

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 heart.org.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina, currently being led by Interim Chief Executive Officer Kerry R. Watson .  

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