Top Honors Awarded to the Primary Stroke Center

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award top honors to Primary Stroke Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association announced that the Primary Stroke Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton achieved both the Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the “Get With The Guidelines” stroke program for 2013. This achievement brings national recognition to the Primary Stroke Center for improving patient care and outcomes for stroke patients.

Hospitals receiving “Get With The Guidelines” Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure or stroke patients to standards outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The Stroke Center is also one of 392 nationwide hospitals making the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, meaning the Easton team is among the nation’s best in stroke treatment.

Jessica Fluharty RN, FNE-A, Neuroscience Specialist/Stroke Center Coordinator, who manages reporting the necessary data to AHA/ASA, cited ongoing efforts by the Emergency and Neurology departments to improve care for stroke patients.

“I’m proud of our achievements because we do immaculate work for our stroke patients and we’re improving our practices every day,” Fluharty said. UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Primary Stroke Center served 203 patients with ischemic strokes in 2013.

“The goal of participating in ‘Get With The Guidelines’ is to save lives, and it helps our team ensure that the care provided to stroke patients is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines,” said Dr. Terry Detrich, medical director of the Primary Stroke Center.

“Our participation in ‘Get With The Guidelines’ demonstrates our commitment to quality care. UM Shore Regional Health is proud to be a part of the American Heart Association’s efforts to turn guidelines into lifelines,” said Ruth Ann Jones, director of acute care for UM Shore Regional Health.