Medical Center Enterprise awarded for stroke treatment program

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Medical Center Enterprise recently received an award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

The award — called the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Silver Quality Achievement Award — is given to hospitals that provide high-quality care to patients recovering from strokes.

According to a press release from Medical Center Enterprise, the hospital got the recognition for meeting specific standards regarding treatment, patient education and follow-up care procedures.

“Medical Center Enterprise is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Lydia Rhodes, QMRC Director. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

The hospital also got the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award by reducing “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.”

tPA is generally given within three — or in some cases, four-and-a-half hours after the stroke manifests itself, destroying the clot and improving a patients recovery. The Mayo Clinic called the drug the “gold standard treatment” for ischemic strokes, although bleeding in the brain has been cited as a side effect of the drug.

CEO Suzanne Woods said that the hospital is honored by the association’s recognition.

“We are truly just doing what comes natural for our staff, and that is ‘taking great care of our patients,’” Woods said. “We appreciate our partnership with AHA to enhance stroke awareness in our community, encouraging the public to be aware of the signs of a stroke and to know that the most important thing is to call 911 as soon as you think you are having a stroke. Don’t attempt to drive yourself to the hospital.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 795,000 Americans per year suffer from strokes. Out of this number, it’s estimated that 140,000 stroke victims in the United States die from their ailment every year.

Factors that contribute to a person’s risk of having a stroke include:

  • Age: 1 out of 5 of stroke victims are under 55. The chance of having a stroke only get higher with age.
  • Gender: Women are more likely to have strokes and also more likely to be killed by them than breast cancer.
  • Family history: If someone in your family has had a stroke in the past, you are more likely to have one.

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