CarolinaEast Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment based on nationally recognized guidelines.
CarolinaEast earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include the use of medications and other treatments aligned with up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines.

The goal of the guidelines is to speed recovery and lower mortality for stroke patients as well as improve patients understanding of stroke causes and prevention.

“CarolinaEast Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Dr. Ron May, Vice President of Medical Affairs at CarolinaEast. “The tools and resources utilized help us improve our processes that lead to better patient outcomes.”

Additionally, CarolinaEast received the Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot desolving drug, tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. This is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic strokes, which is the most common type of stroke. Only those hospitals achieving Door-To-Needle (DTN) times within 60 minutes of arrival in at least 75 percent of appropriate patients qualified for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation.

CarolinaEast also received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify, hospitals must achieve at least 90% compliance for twelve consecutive months with quality measures related to the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

“We are pleased to recognize CarolinaEast for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association reports that stroke is the fifth leading 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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

Pictured is CarolinaEast Medical Center’s multidisciplinary Code STEMI team that helped make this achievement possible.

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