Tidelands Health hospitals earn national recognition for stroke care
Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital have both earned recognition for their dedication to high-quality stroke care.
The hospitals received Gold Plus Quality Achievement awards through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program. The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment to providing stroke treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based guidelines.
In addition, the hospitals received the association’s highest recognition - Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus - for meeting standards meant to reduce the time between a stroke patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting medication alteplase (t-PA). The medication has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability if given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of ischemic stroke symptoms.
Statistics show that eligible stroke patients who come to Tidelands Health hospitals routinely receive the medication faster than the industry benchmark.
“Earning this recognition is a result of a team effort at both hospitals meant to help ensure our stroke patients benefit from prompt and effective treatment,” said Pam Maxwell, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Tidelands Health. “Ultimately, our goal is to speed recovery and reduce death and disability caused by strokes.”
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.
Both Tidelands Georgetown and Tidelands Waccamaw are certified by The Joint Commission as advanced primary stroke centers, a voluntary process that includes a rigorous review of the hospitals’ practices and procedures.