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“We’re very proud to receive these national distinctions, which recognize the rigorous standards we meet in providing this care.”
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and stroke is the nation’s leading cause of disability and fourth-leading cause of death. Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) –NorthEast is mounting an effort to counteract these troubling trends, and has recently been recognized with multiple national awards for its high-quality, coordinated stroke care.
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association honored CMC-NorthEast with the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and named CMC-NorthEast to their Target: Stroke Honor Roll. These awards represent the highest level of achievement as part of a program that sets national benchmarks for stroke care.
“We’re committed to saving lives through exceptional coordination and care for stroke patients,” said Phyllis Wingate, President of CMC-NorthEast.
To receive the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, CMC-NorthEast demonstrated the highest levels of compliance with a group of self-selected stroke quality measures, and with national stroke treatment guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. In addition, the hospital earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation for treating at least half of applicable stroke patients with necessary treatments within 60 minutes of arrival at the hospital.
“In stroke care, every minute that passes can lead to loss of brain function,” said Robert Mitchell, MD, Associate Medical Director of Neurosciences at Carolinas HealthCare System and Medical Director of NorthEast Neurology in Concord. “That’s why it’s important that we hold ourselves to stringent clinical measures – measures that help us to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.”
CMC-NorthEast acts as an integral component of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Stroke Network, an integrated system of care that raises the current standards for stroke diagnosis and treatment among participating hospitals throughout the region. Patients arriving at Carolinas Stroke Network hospitals are diagnosed and treated according to national guidelines for emergency stroke care, giving them the best opportunity for a good outcome.
Along with Carolinas Medical Center, CMC-NorthEast serves as one of the network’s comprehensive stroke centers, providing advanced, specialized stroke care and serving as a primary resource for other hospitals in the network.
CMC-NorthEast also holds a Primary Stroke Center designation from The Joint Commission.