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Doctors Hospital Earns Stroke Silver Award from American Heart Association

January 22, 2010

Augusta, GA – Doctors Hospital’s Center for Stroke Care has been recognized again for its work in turning treatment guidelines into lifelines for patients.

The hospital’s stroke team –physicians, nurses, case managers, rehabilitation therapists, dieticians, and pharmacists – have been awarded a Stroke Silver Award from the American Heart Association, AHA.  The award was presented today by Mary Robichaux, VP Quality Initiative for the American Heart Association.

It is the third consecutive year that Doctors Hospital’s performance has been recognized by the AHA. The hospital will be featured again in a national ad in the “Best Hospital” issue of U.S. News and World Report this July. The award recognizes Doctors Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. The award comes on the heels of the center earning a Gold Seal of Approval and being recertified again by the Joint Commission as a primary stroke care center.

“Our stroke team is constantly working to deliver the best in patient care. Please join us in congratulating our physicians, nurses, and other members of our healthcare team for delivering care that turns treatment guidelines into lifelines for patients,” said CEO C. Shayne George.

Doctors Hospital has a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of stroke patients. Once a stroke patient is stabilized, the patient and family are taught stroke risk factors and how to optimally manage their health. The hospital also has an onsite inpatient rehabilitation center and an outpatient rehabilitation program to help with recovery from a stroke.

To receive the Stroke Silver Award, Doctors Hospital consistently demonstrated at least 85 percent compliance in seven core measures for 12 consecutive months. These measures include: aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting drugs, including tPA, which can reduce the amount of damage to the brain tissue; and using cholesterol reducing drugs.

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