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Release Date: 11/19/2014
The Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This is the fifth consecutive year Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its ongoing commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally-recognized guidelines.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Knowing that every second counts when it comes to stroke, The Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with an expert rapid response stroke team and state-of-the-art equipment to immediately evaluate and diagnose stroke patients.

“Memorial’s Stroke Center boasts a collaborative, interdisciplinary team approach to stroke care that follows patients from the emergency room to home care. Our CARF-certified Center for Rehabilitation also plays an integral part in providing comprehensive care to our stroke patients,” said Joseph Diaz, MD, physician-in-chief of Medicine.

“The Stroke Center’s teleneurology program bolsters our capabilities to provide expertise 24/7 for stroke and other neurological emergencies,” said Mason Gasper, DO, director of the Stroke Center. “This program adds to the excellent care our stroke patients are getting,” he added.

“This award recognizes our entire hospital community for their commitment to providing quality care to all of our patients,” said Susan Moore, BSN, RN, director of the Stroke Program at both Memorial Hospital and Kent Hospital. She adds, “This recognition showcases Care New England having a top-notch stroke program at Memorial and Kent.”

Memorial’s doctors, nurses, therapists and other specialists work with patients and their families to design a plan of recovery tailored to each patient’s personal goals.

To receive this recognition from the American Heart Association, The Stroke Center at Memorial achieved and sustained 85% or higher adherence to specific evidence-based guidelines, over a 24-month consecutive time period as measured in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program.

These measures include aggressive use of medications such as IV-tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. All of these measures are aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Memorial Hospital continues to positively impact lives by using the American Heart Association’s premier hospital-based quality improvement program, Get With The Guidelines, for the treatment of stroke patients.

The Stroke Center is located at 111 Brewster Street in Pawtucket, RI and the telephone number is (401) 729-3857.

About Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, serves as the major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the chief site for the medical school's primary care academic program. Research focuses on primary care and disease prevention, including osteoarthritis, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary function, maternal and child health and women’s health issues.

Memorial provides health services for the people of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts including oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics, rehabilitation, pain management, and diagnostics. Memorial offers primary care services in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Plainville, Massachusetts.

Stroke Center Award