McLeod earns recognition for stroke treatment
McLeod Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for the sixth consecutive year, for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.
“McLeod is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Dr. Ravish Kothari, medical director of Stroke Services for McLeod Regional Medical Center. McLeod Regional Medical Center also met specific scientific guidelines as a primary stroke center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. McLeod was the first hospital in the region to become a certified Primary Stroke Center in 2014.
McLeod also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll/Target: StrokeSM Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.