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Published on June 02, 2016

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital recognized for quality stroke care

June 2, 2016

When a stroke occurs, every second counts. The ability of health care professionals to treat a patient quickly can mean the difference between life and death or recovery and disability.

For its commitment to providing quality stroke treatment, Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has earned two prestigious recognitions from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  Tidelands Waccamaw has received the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for the Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

The Gold Plus Quality Achievement cites the hospital for successfully following the associations’ quality improvement program for stroke treatment and care, called Get with the Guidelines-Stroke, for at least two, 12-month consecutive periods.   

 The honor roll recognizes hospitals that meet standards that reduce the time between a patient’s arrival and the time of treatment with tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after stroke symptoms begin, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

 “A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Sandra Raynes, the Tidelands Health associate vice president for nursing who oversees stroke treatment and care. “Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital has made diagnosis and rapid treatment of patients a priority, and these recognitions demonstrate our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely.”

 Raynes said the hospital earned the awards for meeting specific measures, including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at preventing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.  

The Gold Plus award is the second for Tidelands Waccamaw, which also participates in the telestroke REACH program with MUSC, and further demonstrates its commitment to stroke care. In 2014, Tidelands Waccamaw was certified as an advanced primary stroke center by The Joint Commission.

Get with the Guidelines-Stroke quality measures are designed are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.

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.  


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 70 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.