UM UCH Primary Stroke Centers Win
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

The Primary Stroke Centers at both University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) and University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the Centers" commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. When a stroke strikes, Harford and Cecil County residents can rely on receiving unparalleled care close to home.

The goal of the stroke program is simple—to improve outcomes for individuals who suffered this medical emergency. This is especially important considering that in the state of Maryland, a patient arrives at the hospital every 30 minutes suffering from a stroke.

To receive the Gold Plus Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of 10 quality measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

Moreover, UM UCMC has also been recognized as one of over 200 hospitals in the nation to receive the associations' Target Stroke Honor Roll Award for improving stroke care. This means at least 50 percent of eligible stroke patients have received IV rt-PA (TPA or "stroke buster" medication) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, assessed on a quarterly basis. In the state of Maryland, UM UCMC is one of only four hospitals to receive this award.

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