The Medical Center earns award for stroke care excellence


            The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) recently recognized The Medical Center for its commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. The Medical Center has been named to the AHA/ASA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll and is a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award.

            To be named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients must receive IV rt-PA (t-PA or “stroke buster” medication) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time), which is assessed on a quarterly basis. The Medical Center is one of six hospitals in the state of Georgia to receive this prestigious distinction.

            Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals nationwide participate in the program.

            To receive a gold level award, hospitals must follow treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time and have maintained this performance level for consecutive 12-month intervals. The Plus awards represent an additional 75 percent compliance with module-specific quality measures for at least 12 consecutive months. Additionally, The Medical Center will be listed in the “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News and World Report to mark this accomplishment.

            According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke continues to be a significant cause of death and disability in the United States. Approximately 795,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year, and stroke remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

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As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.