MUMC Earns Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

(March 25, 2014) - Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes MUMC for ensuring that stroke patients receive rapid, evidence-based treatment.

Memorial also received recognition on the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll for reducing the time between hospital arrival and treatment with tPA, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke. People who receive the drug within three hours of their first symptom may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Memorial Stroke provides nationally recognized treatment, rehabilitation, community education, and a telemedicine program. The stroke team includes neurologists, emergency physicians, and specially trained nurses available 24 hours a day.

"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 Stroke.

"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.

According to the American Heart Association, every 40 seconds somebody in the U.S. suffers a stroke. It's the fourth leading cause of death in our country, and the leading cause of adult disability.

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 622-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.