Meadows Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
“Achieving this recognition is a testament to the outstanding work and dedication of our entire stroke team,” said Karrie Page, a RN/Trauma Stroke Coordinator. “Every member of the team of nurses, physicians, and other staff plays a vital role in making the program so successful.”
“Meadows is honored to be recognized for the exceptional care we provide for our stroke patients,” said the Chief Nursing Officer, Michelle Malone. “This award demonstrates our deep commitment to provide the best possible stroke care and highlights the expertise of our caregivers.”
Meadows works closely with Toombs-Montgomery EMS to develop pre-hospital notification of stroke patients. The Emergency Department is designated as a Remote Stroke Treatment Center and uses telemedicine to quickly identify patients that qualify for treatment with tPA. The hospital works with AirEvac to quickly transfer patients that require immediate care at a primary stroke center.
“Time is so important when you’re dealing with a stroke,” said Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Karen McColl, “The earlier you seek treatment the better. If you ever experience any stroke symptoms, call for help and second guess yourself later, it may just save your life.”
To qualify for Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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 US FDA to treat ischemic stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.