Midtown Medical recognized by the American Heart Association

Midtown Medical recognized by the American Heart Association

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Midtown Medical Center received an award for making sure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment.

In order to receive the American Heart Association Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must complete 85 percent or higher of the "Get with the Guidelines" stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month periods.

Hospitals must also achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight "Get with the Guidelines" stroke quality measures.

These measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. Their goals are to give patients a speedy recovery and reduce the amount of deaths and disabilities.

"We are pleased to recognize Midtown Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care," Deepak Bhatt said, national chairman of the Get with the Guidelines. "Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care."

Midtown Medical Center advances the Stroke program by offering Intra-arterial thrombectomy for large vessel acute ischemic strokes. They are the only facility that offers this procedure for stroke patients in the region.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally respected clinical guidelines," Kelli Brennan said, Director of Neuroscience. "Midtown Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal."

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