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Stroke Program Garners National Recognition

Awards demonstrates FHMMC’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

February 10, 2010 (Daytona Beach, FL) --- Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center (FHMMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award and the Bronze Performance Achievement Award .  The awards recognize FHMMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Hospitals are recognized in each category in which they achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines Stroke measures.  Those hospitals making 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months are given the Silver Plus Performance Achievement award, with the Bronze Performance Achievement award going to those with 85 percent compliance for three months.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.  The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.  Currently more than 1,450 hospitals participate in the program.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Elizabeth Pendry, FHMMC Stroke Program Coordinator.

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.