(February 27, 2012) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC)
received the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold
Plus Quality Achievement Award. 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 evidence-based standards and recommendations.
The Memorial Stroke program includes nationally recognized treatment
services, rehabilitation, community education, and a telemedicine
component. The stroke team includes neurologists, emergency
physicians, and specially trained nurses available 24 hours a day
for rapid stroke recognition and treatment.
"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. At Memorial Stroke, we
are always equipped to provide the necessary brain scans, patient
evaluations, and clot-busting medications to stop a stroke as
quickly as possible. This award recognizes our commitment to rapid,
accurate treatment," said Jay U. Howington, M.D., neurosurgeon,
neuro-interventionalist, and medical director of Memorial
"If a patient is diagnosed with a stroke, we offer a
comprehensive recovery and rehabilitation process that stresses
education and lifestyle improvements. Our goal is to help our
patients quickly return to a productive and fulfilling life," said
Joel Greenberg, M.D., co-medical director of Memorial Stroke.
To receive the GWTG-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award,
MUMC achieved 85 percent or higher with all the requirements in the
GWTG-Stroke program for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals.
Memorial also achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with 5 of
the 9 GWTG Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives
to measure quality of care. 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 suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That
means that on average, every 40 seconds somebody in the U.S. suffers
a stroke. It's the fourth leading cause of death in our
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. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.