New Hanover Regional Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association. The award recognizes a commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
NHRMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
NHRMC also received the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy award for timely treatment of stroke patients. To be eligible for the Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy award, hospitals must treat at least half of applicable patients within 60 minutes of transfer or 90 minutes of direct arrival.
"These AHA recognitions are true examples of leading our community to better health," said Vinodh T. Doss, DO, Medical Director, Stroke and Neurointerventional Surgery at the NHRMC Comprehensive Stroke Center. "This year they raised the bar for thrombolytics reducing the door to needle time to 30 minutes or less in 50 percent of patients treated. It is also the inaugural year of the Advanced Therapy Honor Roll for endovascular stroke treatment. Receiving the Gold plus award and exceeding these benchmarks speak to the caliber of our providers and a team that strives to give our stroke patients the best chance for recovery."
Stroke is a leading cause of disability and fifth cause of the death in the United States. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. This may happen because an artery in the brain is blocked (ischemic stroke) or an artery in the brain starts bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke).
NHRMC’s stroke team includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other healthcare professionals working together to provide comprehensive, coordinated care. Their goal is to improve outcomes by providing treatments based on national standards of care. Each member worked diligently to meet the high standards set by the American Stroke Association to help NHRMC achieve these exceptional awards.