MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center Earns Awards from American Heart Association

For the second year in a row, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program.

May 6, 2014

Clinton, MD — For the second year in a row, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program. These national recognitions, the latest in a string of awards for the Stroke Center, signify that the hospital has consistently delivered quality stroke care in accordance with evidence-based core medical standards and quality measures. These core standards are designed to minimize damage to the brain and optimize the chance of a robust recovery from stroke, the fourth leading cause of long-term disability in the United States.

“Our experienced Stroke Center team works every day to ensure that we are always ready to provide quick and comprehensive care for stroke patients using best practices and nationally-accepted standards,” says Christine Wray, President, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center & MedStar St. Mary's Hospital, & Senior Vice President, MedStar Health “We plan to continue the commitment to excellent care that led us to this accomplishment.”

The Get With The Guidelines goal is to promote consistent adherence to nationally-accepted guidelines for stroke treatment among hospitals. The program’s achievement awards bring national recognition to hospitals, such as MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, that care for stroke patients using the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. The hospital’s Gold Plus award indicates that the Stroke Center has met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for two consecutive 12-month periods.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

The hospital also earned a spot on the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll by implementing stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-busting medication tPA. If tPA is administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, patients have a better chance of recovery and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Ranked among the top stroke programs in Maryland, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital’s Stroke Center has a long history of award-winning performance in stroke care. It was the first in Southern Maryland to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the state of Maryland, and it remains the only certified Primary Stroke Center in Prince George’s County. Last year, the Stroke Center earned the Get With the Guidelines—Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll, one of only four hospitals in Maryland to earn this distinction.

About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, a 262-bed full service hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland areas, was founded in 1977 and joined MedStar Health in December, 2012. In addition to its inpatient facility, the hospital operates a state-of-the-art twenty-four bed subacute unit. Throughout the hospital’s history, it has remained a community leader, a strong supporter of health care education, and a dedicated advocate for quality health care services. Learn more.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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