Memorial Hospital awarded for excellence in stroke care by American Heart Association

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CARTHAGE, Ill. — Memorial Hospital recently received two awards from the American Heart Association as a stroke-designated hospital.

Memorial Hospital received the Silver Plus award for quality stroke care for overall hospitals as well as Rural Stroke Bronze which recognizes rural hospitals. These awards are given to hospitals nationwide that report their measures to the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association acknowledges Memorial for its continued success in using the Get With the Guidelines program by applying the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes in the community.

Memorial Hospital is a certified Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Earning the certification requires Memorial Hospital to meet the standard to support better outcomes by providing early intervention to stroke patients. The eligibility standards include a dedicated stroke-focused program, qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care and individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs.

As an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital, Memorial Hospital is certified, trained and ready to provide quality care to stroke patients. Having an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital plays a key role in the community by providing essential healthcare services to stroke patients. Strokes are a medical emergency requiring immediate attention and specialized care. Having an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital means residents within the surrounding communities have access to critical medical support in times of crisis, potentially saving lives and reducing the long-term effects of strokes on patients.

Furthermore, an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital fosters a sense of security and reassurance within the community. This proactive approach can lead to better outcomes and recovery rates for stroke patients.

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