(March 3, 2010) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) has
received the American Stroke Association's Get With The
GuidelinesSM Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Silver Performance Achievement
Award for the third year in a row.
The award recognizes MUMC's commitment and success in
implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that
stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted
standards and recommendations.
program at MUMC is a rapid-response team that includes
neurologists, emergency-trained physicians, and specially trained
nurses. Members of StrokeOne team are on-call 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. A Code Stroke is paged as soon as paramedics notify
the hospital that a stroke patient is coming to the emergency room,
triggering the implementation of the Stroke One protocol.
"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award
addresses the important element of time. We are always equipped to
provide the necessary brain scans, patient evaluations, and
clot-busting medications to stop a stroke as quickly as possible,"
said Jay U. Howington, M.D., neurosurgeon and neuro
interventionalist and medical director of StrokeOne.
"If a patient is diagnosed with a stroke, the stroke team at
Memorial follows him through the recovery and rehabilitation
process and provides education on risk reduction and the importance
of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Our goal is to
help our patients quickly return to a productive and fulfilling
life," said Joel Greenberg, M.D., co-medical director of
To receive the GWTG-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award,
MUMC consistently complied with the requirements in the GWTG-Stroke
program. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA,
antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis,
cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.
According to the American Heart Association, each year
approximately 795,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke. That
means that on average, every 40 seconds somebody in the U.S.
suffers a stroke. It's the No. 3 cause of death in our country.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.