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Roane Medical Center Earns Gold Plus Award for Excellent Stroke Care

Posted on August 26, 2021

Roane Medical Center has received national recognition for excellent stroke care. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement 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.

Roane Medical Center earned this recognition for meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level 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 stroke patients

On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.

Roane Medical Center is designated as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, which means the hospital has a dedicated stroke-focused team with qualified medical professionals and staff trained in stroke care. Roane Medical provides individualized care to meet the needs of their stroke patients, and can often stabilize and successfully treat patients with tPA who do not require surgical intervention for the removal of a blood clot.

Roane Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“Roane Medical Center is honored to receive the Gold Plus Achievement Award. Our staff 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 Jason Pilant, president and chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

“We are pleased to recognize Roane Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

Learn more about the stroke program at Roane Medical Center here.