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Published on May 24, 2017

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital recognized for stroke care

Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital’s commitment to high-quality stroke care has earned recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Tidelands Georgetown has been awarded the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing stroke treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based guidelines.

Tidelands Georgetown was also recognized for meeting standards meant to reduce the time between a stroke patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting medication tPA. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

Statistics show that eligible stroke patients who come to Tidelands Health Wooden cubes spell the word "stroke"hospitals routinely receive the medication faster than the industry benchmark. Both Tidelands Georgetown and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital have earned certification from The Joint Commission as advanced primary stroke centers, a voluntary process that includes a rigorous review of the hospitals’ practices and procedures.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the American Heart Association, but our greatest reward is helping our patients,” said Lenny Pacholski, stroke and sepsis coordinator at Tidelands Georgetown. “The goal of our stroke care team is to provide treatment as quickly and effectively as possible to minimize the impact of a patient’s stroke.”

Tidelands Georgetown earned the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program, which helps hospital care teams ensure treatment is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and a 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.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 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.

Pacholski said it’s critical stroke victims receive prompt medical attention. A person loses about 1.9 million neurons for each minute a stroke goes untreated and blood flow to the brain continues to be blocked.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region.