Hendrick's Dedication to Stroke Treatment Earns New Awards

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Hendrick Medical Center has been honored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with new awards.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded Hendrick Medical Center with their Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Plus Elite awards.

Stroke is the number 5 cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. With these awards, Hendrick has proven their dedication to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment in accordance with nationally recognized guidelines.

“Hendrick Medical Center, through its Primary Stroke Program, is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care to Abilene and its surrounding communities,” said Kristen Grand, stroke coordinator at Hendrick Medical Center. “The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program helps us achieve that goal. Being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can receive.”

To qualify for the Gold Plus Achievement Award, hospitals must have an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods. Hospitals must also have 75 percent or higher compliance with 5 out of 8 Get With the Guidelines-Stroke quality measures.

The Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award is given out to hospitals who meet quality measures that reduce time between a patients arrival and treatment.

Hendrick has also met specific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, which features a complete system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.


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