For the sixth year in a row, United Regional has been awarded the Stroke Gold Plus Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Role by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
Of the 2,445 hospitals that participated, only 420 achieved the same high level of recognition as United Regional. This award recognizes hospitals for providing excellence in stroke care.
The Target: Stroke Honor Role refers to hospitals awarded the Gold Plus Award who, in addition to meeting the compliance measures, were able to demonstrate a door-to-needle time of less than 60 minutes in at least 50% of patients given tPA, the "clot-buster" medication that has been shown to reduce long term brain damage if given in a timely fashion to appropriate candidate patients.
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke: