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4 Abrazo Hospitals Earn Top National Honors for Stroke Care Treatment

Mar 12, 2017

PHOENIX (May 12, 2017) – Abrazo Community Health Network’s Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Abrazo Central Campus, Abrazo Maryvale Campus and Abrazo Scottsdale Campus received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  

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, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further his recognition further demonstrates our team’s hard work and commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Frank Molinaro, Market Chief Executive Officer for Abrazo Community Health Network.

To help raise awareness about stroke, Abrazo is hosting free stroke health checks in May. StrokeCheck includes glucose, blood pressure and heart rate, body mass index, review of family history and risk factor assessment, stroke education and materials and counseling with a licensed medical professional. Participants are requested to bring a list of current medications and recent lab work to the sessions. For the glucose screening, please fast 6-8 hours prior to the test. If you have not fasted, the test will not be performed. To register, go to AbrazoHealth.com/StrokeHealth or call 844-361-8285.            

The national award recognizes the Abrazo hospitals’ commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The hospitals also had met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

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