Evergreen Hospital Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Stroke Program

Evergreen Hospital Medical Center has received the Get with the Guidelines for Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association-American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s successful commitment to ensure that each stroke patient receives the Associations’ recommended treatments aimed at improving outcomes and reducing deaths and disabilities. The Get with the Guidelines three-pronged approach includes medication, rehabilitation therapies and healthy lifestyle education.

Evergreen earned a Bronze Performance Award in 2009. This year’s Silver Plus Award means the hospital staff has been following the AHA guidelines for at least 12 consecutive months.

“This reward is a testament to the effort of our nurses, staff and physicians who continue to provide superior evidence-based care at the bedside,” said David Likosky, MD, a vascular neurologist who oversees Evergreen’s stroke program. “Being honored for giving our patients excellent care is the best recognition we can receive.”

If you suspect your loved one may have had a stroke because of sudden confusion, slurred speech, numbness, weakness on one side of the body, change in vision or severe headache, call 9-1-1 immediately. The faster treatment begins, the better the chance for a positive outcome.