MUMC Earns National Accolades for Stroke Care

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Memorial University Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. To earn the recognition, MUMC had 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two consecutive years and 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

Memorial University Medical Center also achieved Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus designation. That means MUMC reduced the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved to treat ischemic stroke, significantly reduce the effects of stroke, and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

The Stroke Center of Excellence at MUMC includes rapid treatment, rehabilitation, community education, and a telemedicine program.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. At MUMC, our stroke team is available around the clock to provide brain scans, evaluations, and tPA as quickly as possible,” said Joseph Hogan, M.D., emergency medicine physician.

“After a stroke, we offer a comprehensive recovery process that stresses education and lifestyle improvements. Our goal is to help our patients return to a productive and fulfilling life,” said Joel Greenberg, M.D., neurologist and medical director of Memorial Stroke.