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Memorial Hospital Honored For Its Treatment of Stroke Patients

October 11, 2011

Jacksonville, FL - Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for the third year in a row.  The award recognizes Memorial’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients.

To receive the award, Memorial Hospital had to meet a series of guidelines to prove Memorial is using the most up-to-date and efficient methods for treating stroke patients.  

“Memorial Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With the Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.