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Salem Regional Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

June 28, 2017

Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for providing high-quality stroke care. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must have achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

"A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely," said Anita Hackstedde, M.D., SRMC President/CEO. "Salem Regional Medical Center continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. This recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association further reinforces our team's hard work."

"The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Salem Regional Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care," said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. "Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program."

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Salem Regional Medical Center
Salem Regional Medical Center is a private, non-profit, independent hospital; and the largest employer in Columbiana County with more than 1,000 staff members. SRMC was the first hospital in the region to offer the latest advances in diagnostic technology to aid in the early detection of cancer, including the area's first 3T Open MRI and the Mahoning Valley's only 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy; and recently began offering the newest generation of 3-D Mammography available between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. SRMC has also been designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology, becoming the only certified Lung Cancer Screening Center in the Mahoning Valley.

In addition, SRMC has been recognized by several national organizations for its accomplishments in providing safe, high-quality care. Some of SRMC's recent awards and achievements have included Corporate LiveWire's 2017 Innovation & Excellence Award for Community Hospital of the Year; U.S. News & World Report 2016-2017 High Performing Hospital for COPD and Heart Failure Care; The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® Disease-Specific Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeries; and the American College of Radiology's Gold Seal of Accreditation for Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT services.

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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.
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