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Memorial Primary Stroke Center Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

Posted Date: September 22, 2021

Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Memorial earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for our stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, patients are provided education to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“Memorial 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 Lee Voulters, MD, Stroke Program Medical Director. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve our patient outcomes.”

Memorial also received the Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll 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.

Additionally, Memorial received the association’s Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll ™ Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Memorial Hospital is a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center. Memorial was the first certified Primary Stroke Center in the state of Mississippi and has maintained that certification since 2007.

About Memorial Hospital at Gulfport
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is a not-for-profit medical complex in Mississippi, jointly owned by the City of Gulfport and Harrison County. Memorial's mission is Building a Healthier Community. Memorial is one of the most comprehensive healthcare systems in the state, licensed for 328 beds, including a Level II Trauma Center, four outpatient surgery centers, three nursing centers, and more than 100 Memorial Physician Clinics. For more information, visit WeAreMemorial.com.

About Get with The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.