Hamilton Medical Center recognized for applying scientific guidelines to stroke care

Some of the members of Hamilton Medical Center’s Stroke Team are pictured. From left are Juan Gonzalez, MD; Daile Vance, clinical manager; Megan Brock, physical therapist; Kathie Edwards, contract speech therapist; Meagan Darnell, RN; Stephanie Sarandos, rehabilitation student from Mercer University; Brianne Terry, physical therapist supervisor; and Rebecca Bullock, occupational therapist.

DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has earned a place in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s roster of hospitals recognized for achievement in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke™ healthcare quality program. The list of award-winning hospitals appears in a congratulatory ad in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” issue. HMC is a Gold Plus Elite level recipient, award winner in stroke care.

A searchable database for Get With The Guidelines–Stroke™ award-winning hospitals is located at http://hospitalmaps.heart.org/AHAMAP/map/qimap.jsp

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke™ was developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help healthcare professionals align stroke care with the most up-to-date scientific treatment guidelines. Stroke treatment guidelines include aggressive therapies and medications that can help improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for achievement awards.

HMC was also included on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for ensuring that at least 50 percent of eligible stroke patients get treatment to restore blood flow to the brain within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital – timing considered critical to limiting stroke damage.

“Immediate and advanced treatment is necessary when a stoke is suspected,” said Robin Green, director of Clinical Development Services at HMC. “Receiving the right care at the right time can make the difference in the outcome for the patient. This Get With The Guideline Gold Plus Elite™ designation is yet another validation of the high quality and superior care provided by Hamilton Medical Center, and we are very honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association.”

HMC’s Stroke Team is made up of professionals from neurology, nursing, clinical education, clinical quality, critical care, laboratory, Emergency Medical Services, imaging, physical therapy, occupational therapy and social work.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines™ offers a suite of hospital-based quality programs addressing a spectrum of cardiovascular conditions and stroke. Numerous published scientific studies demonstrate that adherence to Get With The Guidelines™ quality measures can lead to better patient outcomes, including increased survival.