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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2014
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital Wins
Maryland Patient Safety Innovation Center Award


UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center also awarded a Circle of Honor designation

Havre de Grace, MD – January 16, 2014 - The Maryland Patient Safety Center recently announced that University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) has won the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award in Patient Safety Innovation.

A panel of independent judges who are leaders in the Maryland health care community selected both UM HMH and University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC) from 79 total submissions. UM CRMC, who won the 2014 Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation, will present alongside UM HMH at the 10th Annual Patient Safety Conference on March 21, 2014 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, and all winners will be recognized at a reception at the same hotel the evening of Thursday, March 20.

For the last eight years, health care providers and organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region have been submitting to the Maryland Patient Safety Center solutions that improve quality and patient safety. Solutions like UM HMH’s must meet certain award criteria including: innovation, demonstration of measurable change, collaboration, leadership, advancement of the patient safety culture, and best practices.

"We commend both the University of Maryland Charles Regional and University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital for developing creative and practical solutions to overcome patient safety barriers," said Robert Imhoff, President & CEO of the Maryland Patient Safety Center. "We’re proud to honor them and to congratulate all of the organizations that submitted solutions. These winners indicate just how committed health care professionals throughout the state are to improving patient safety."

University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital received the Distinguished Achievement award for its submission, Using IMPRV Methodology to Decrease Door-to-Needle Time in Stroke Patients. They decreased by 38 minutes delivery times of tPA, a drug associated with lower mortality in acute stroke patients. Also, they formed a work group that used the IMPRV method, which incorporates improvement tools found in Lean, Six Sigma, Change and Project Management approaches.

"At University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, patient safety and quality have always been a focus and this year, we submitted four entries to the Maryland Patient Safety Center," said Lyle E. Sheldon, FACHE, President/CEO, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. "It was exciting to see all the great effort being made statewide to protect patients in our communities. Sharing ideas and data helps all of us improve."

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) is also proud to announce that its other community based hospital, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC), is one of eight hospitals to receive a Circle of Honor award on March 20 for the Clinical Decision Unit’s submission, Increasing Collaboration to Reduce Variability and Expedite Care.

About The Maryland Patient Safety Center
The Maryland Patient Safety Center brings together hospitals and health care providers to improve patient safety and healthcare quality for all Marylanders. The goal of the Center is to make healthcare in Maryland the safest in the nation by focusing on the systems of care, reducing the occurrence of adverse events and improving the culture of patient safety at Maryland health care facilities. For more information, visit www.marylandpatientsafetycenter.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2013
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

Upper Chesapeake Health's Venkata Parsa, MD, Awarded The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mission Advancement Award

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Maryland Chapter, has awarded Dr. Venkata Parsa of Upper Chesapeake Hematology/Oncology with a 2013 LLS Mission Advancement Award.

The Mission Advancement Award recognizes a health care professional or health care team that provides outstanding support, counsel or guidance to those with blood cancer, and/or demonstrates outstanding dedication to promoting disease awareness and/or support related to blood cancers.

Dr. Parsa's nomination came via a letter sent to LLS from a family touched by lymphoma. The nomination letter stated that "Dr. Parsa demonstrated knowledge, professionalism and great compassion" during their journey with blood cancer. He went above and beyond in caring for and supporting this family, which is the backbone of LLS’ mission: To cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

"Dr. Parsa's compassion and high level of care for his patients sets a great standard for the care given at the Kaufman Cancer Center. We are proud to have him on our team," said Lyle E. Sheldon, President/CEO of Upper Chesapeake Health.

Triple board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine, Dr. Parsa focuses on colon and genitourinary cancers. Upper Chesapeake Hematology/Oncology will soon be moving to the new Kaufman Cancer Center, opening on October 7. For more information about the cancer services and support offered at Upper Chesapeake Health, visit uchcancer.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2013
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility

Bel Air. MD- Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC) in Bel Air has been designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

UCMC, part of Upper Chesapeake Health's two-hospital system, was chosen for the network for meeting the following criteria:
• Significant physician experience in orthopedic care, with at least one physician achieving minimum annual volumes of 50 knee replacement procedures, 50 hip replacement procedures, and 50 spine procedures.
• Evidence-based and recognized standards for clinical outcomes, processes of care and patient safety.
• Provide ongoing follow-up programs and support for their orthopedic patients.
• Adhere to Aetna's standards for member access to the facility and Aetna participating providers.
• Demonstrate efficiency in providing care based on overall cost of care, readmission rates and comprehensiveness of program.

"The Upper Chesapeake Joint Center is proud to be recognized as an Institute of Quality in Orthopedic Care," says Nathaniel Albright, Director of Orthopedics, Spine and Neurosciences at Upper Chesapeake Health. "This designation validates our team's commitment to providing a high quality, patient centered program focused on clinical excellence."

The Upper Chesapeake Joint Center offers a unique approach to joint replacement for residents of Harford and Cecil County. Our team approach utilizes the latest treatment techniques to ensure that our patients return to a healthy and active lifestyle.

For more information, visit http://orthopedicspersonalized.com/ or call 443.643.BONE (2663).

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2013
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

Upper Chesapeake Health Welcomes Seven New Board Members Diverse Experience Strengthens Local Health Care System

Bel Air. MD- Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH) is pleased to announce the election of seven new board members to its Board of Directors: William B. Allen, PhD, Franklin J. Hajek, Robert J. Jirsa, Bryan E. Kelly, Anne W. Kinsley, Donald W. Mathis, and William J. Ward, Jr.

"The addition of these community leaders to our Board adds a wide breadth of experience in finance, nonprofit management, health care policy, political science and community service," said Lyle E. Sheldon, President/CEO of Upper Chesapeake Health.

New members include:

William B. Allen, PhD, is a resident of Havre de Grace. A former professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University, Allen has previously served on the National Council for the Humanities and as member and Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has given guest lectures and other presentations both nationally and internationally.

Franklin J. Hajek, CPA, MBA, is founder of Frank Hajek & Associates, P.A. in Bel Air. He has served on various committees and boards within the county including the Harford County Board of Estimates, Liriodendron Foundation, American Heart Association, the John Carroll School, and more. He also serves on the board of directors of Harford Bank and is treasurer and director of The Greater Harford Committee, Inc.

Robert J. Jirsa, CPA, is an assurance partner with McGladrey LLP in Baltimore. He currently sits on several boards, including The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation, and is a participating member of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors, Association for Corporate Growth, the World Trade Center Institute, and the Technology Council of Maryland. He has been honored more than once by Smart CEO as one of the region's leading CPAs.

Bryan E. Kelly, MS, CFP, a Harford County native, is co-founder of The Kelly Group in Bel Air. He recently served as chairman of the board of trustees at Harford Community College and participates on its Foundation's board of directors. Some of Kelly's other roles include chairman of the board of the Academy of Finance, Harford County Public Schools, and member of the Harford Leadership Academy Alumni Association at Harford Community College.

Anne W. Kinsley currently serves as president of The Kinsley Family Foundation, whose primary mission is to improve educational, community, health and family development opportunities in both PA and MD. An active community volunteer, Kinsley currently serves on the boards of Ladew Gardens, WIFT, and The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation.

Donald W. Mathis, former executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County and current president/CEO of Community Action Partnership of Washington, DC, has served on a myriad of boards, planning groups and committees including the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the Susquehanna Workforce Investment Board, Maryland Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism, and more.

William J. Ward, Jr., MBA, a resident of Bel Air, is presently the director of the Master of Health Administration degree program at The Johns Hopkins University, as well as associate professor of nursing and Sommer Scholars Program faculty director. A principal at Healthcare Management Resources, Inc., Ward, Jr. is a former senior health care executive with experience in finance and operations.

Elected to the Upper Chesapeake Board Officers are three new appointments: James Lambdin, Vice Chairman; Adele A. Wilzack, RN, MS, Secretary; and Richard P. Streett, VMD, Treasurer. Roger E. Schneider, MD, was re-elected as Chairman.

"We are very fortunate to have a strong, committed Board of Directors representing a diverse mix of experience. As we continue to strive to meet the healthcare needs of our growing population and to respond to the rapid changes in healthcare delivery, it is this group that helps bring fresh perspective to our future planning," said Dr. Roger Schneider, Chairman of the UCH Board of Directors.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2013
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

Upper Chesapeake Health Earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition
Respiratory Care teams also plan for FREE Asthma Health Fair, May 9

Bel Air. MD- The Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH) Upper Respiratory Departments at both Harford Memorial Hospital (HMH) and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC) have earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) under a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15 percent of hospitals in the United States, have applied for and received this award.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003 to help consumers identify those facilities using qualified respiratory therapists to provide respiratory care. Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. To view these requirements, visit http://www.aarc.org/resources/qrcr/index.asp.

Save the Date: In partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Asthma Foundation, the UCH Respiratory Care Department will host an Asthma Health Fair on Thursday, May 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. This FREE event is a great opportunity to learn more about asthma, treatment options and devices, and how to best manage the disease. Plus, visitors can enjoy light refreshments, activities for kids, prize drawings, and more. For more information, please call 443-643-2327.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2013
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

Upper Chesapeake Health Names Philip Nivatpumin, MD, Medical Director
for the Kaufman Cancer Center


Bel Air. MD- Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH) is pleased to announce that it has named Philip Nivatpumin, MD, as medical director of the UCH Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center. The Kaufman Cancer Center is currently under construction and will open in the fall of 2013 on the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC) campus in Bel Air.

Dr. Nivatpumin is well known to Harford County as he practices as a medical oncologist with Upper Chesapeake Hematology/Oncology, a mainstay in the community. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Brown University and went on to complete his medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. Subsequently, he completed his internship, residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Nivatpumin also served one year as a chief resident on the Osler Medical Service. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology.

In his new role, "Dr. Phil" will serve as the lead physician assisting in the continued development of program offerings with the Cancer Center and in affiliation with the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. He will also provide medical staff leadership in the Cancer Center's ongoing visioning and strategic planning. Most importantly, he will assure that individuals in our community diagnosed with cancer are provided with the highest quality care and are treated to nationally accepted measures.

"Dr. Nivatpumin's experience in cancer treatment as well as his passion for education in health prevention and healing makes him a great addition to our medical leadership team," says Lyle Sheldon, FACHE, President and CEO of Upper Chesapeake Health.

The 75,259 sq. ft. multidisciplinary Kaufman Cancer Center, named after the generous gift of Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman through the Hope and Healing Close to Home Capital Campaign, will provide a one-stop, integrated approach to cancer care, allowing providers and patients to make decisions at the right place and time. Individuals will be able to access medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgical oncologists at the same time, resulting in a timely, individualized treatment plan. UCH currently has several multidisciplinary cancer services and care clinics in place—all of which will be consolidated in the new comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Nivatpumin currently sees patients at Upper Chesapeake Hematology/Oncology, located at 510 Upper Chesapeake Drive, Suite 409, Pavilion II on the UCMC campus, as well as a location in White Marsh. For questions or to make an appointment, call 443-643-3010.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: September 30, 2012
FROM: The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation
Ali Blais / 443-643-3987/ ablais@uchs.org
Editor's Note: Photos Available, contact Ali Blais

Local Kids Tackle Obstacle Course In Support Of Cancer Care Kids For Hope Raises Funds for the Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health

(Bel Air, Md.)- 09/30/2013- 200 Harford County children and families gathered for the first annual Kids for Hope benefitting the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Arena Club in Bel Air.

Kids ages 7- 18 were challenged to complete in eighteen different obstacles set-up on the property of the Arena Club including a wall climb, mud pit, tire run, and more. Not only did these kids have fun, but through participation they learned the importance of giving back to the local community. Through event registration, sponsorship, and donations, over $11,000 was raised for the establishment of the Kaufman Cancer Center, for enhancement of cancer service lines at Upper Chesapeake Health, and for Cancer LifeNet, a free-of-charge supportive and navigation program offered to cancer patients and their loved ones in Harford and Cecil Counties.

Hollie Eid, Upper Chesapeake Health Team Member and Bel Air resident, served as Event Chair, uniting many community partners in support of The Kaufman Cancer Center. Through engagement of new sponsors, a valued partnership with the Arena Club, and by rallying local families and friends, Eid spread the mission of the importance of bringing hope and healing close to home for neighbors battling cancer.

"Kids for Hope exceeded all expectations, bringing together both children and families in support of local cancer care," said Ken Ferrara, Vice President and Executive Director of The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation. "The dedication of The Arena Club, our volunteers, and the support of the local business community is humbling. Our community has embraced fundraising for the Kaufman Cancer Center. This is a story of neighbors caring for neighbors."

Amanda Hichkad, special guest of honor and resident of Bel Air, shared her personal story of her experience with the Cancer LifeNet Program at Upper Chesapeake Health and the significance of having a world-class cancer center right here in our community. Her emotional and uplifting speech inspired all participants. Hichkad explained, "I can't tell you how incredible it is to have a support team in the Cancer LifeNet program. Not only for me, the patient fighting cancer, but for my entire family."

The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation continues their partnership with The Arena Club on Saturday, October 5, 2013 with Luau for Life benefitting The Kaufman Cancer Center. Sponsorships and tickets are still available. Contact The Foundation at 443-643-3460 for more information. To learn more about The Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Health, visit www.uchcancer.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2012
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Primary Stroke Center Receives Quality Accolades
Awards demonstrate Upper Chesapeake Health’s commitment to quality care for stroke

Bel Air. MD-  The Primary Stroke Center at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UCMC), a member of Upper Chesapeake Health, has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award, also presented to the Harford Memorial Hospital Stroke Center in March 2012, recognizes the Center’s 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.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates Upper Chesapeake Medical Center's commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care," said Syed Shaukat, M.D., Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center.

Moreover, UCMC has also been recognized as one of 212 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, UCMC is one of only four hospitals to receive this award.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information on Get With The Guidelines® and Stroke Gold Plus recognition, visit heart.org/quality.

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September 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: Communications Department
443-643-4200

KICKING OFF RAVENS SEASON WITH MAMMOGRAMS IN MIND
$50,000 NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” Grant in support of the American Cancer Society Provides Free Mammograms for Underserved Harford County Women In partnership with Upper Chesapeake Health

WHAT: Three hundred women, ages 40 and older, who live in Harford County and are either uninsured or medically underserved, will be able to receive mammograms, breast screenings and breast health education thanks to a generous $50,000 Crucial Catch grant made by the National Football League and the Baltimore Ravens to the American Cancer Society.

The Crucial Catch national initiative is a Community Health Empowerment Program that provides breast cancer screenings to high-need communities nearby 17 NFL team locations in the U.S. This program is made possible with funds raised by the National Football League’s A Crucial Catch campaign in support of the American Cancer Society. Harford County was identified as one of these high-need areas based on its high breast cancer incidence and mortality. The county’s growing Hispanic and minority population and rural character are contributing factors to these health disparities, requiring greater outreach and access to health services. In total, the grant provides provide community outreach and education on breast health to 400 underserved women ages 40 and older, including 300 mammograms.

A Crucial Catch is being implemented as a partnership with Upper Chesapeake Health, which has a primary care clinic in Havre de Grace as well as a mobile van that travels to four locations, specifically serving low-income patients in need.

To be eligible for the Crucial Catch program, women must be:
• Age 40 and up
• Uninsured or underinsured with an income ceiling of up to 300 percent of the Federal poverty level
• Residents of Harford County

WHEN: Screenings begin in September 2012.

WHO: Gloria Crockett, Maryland State VP, American Cancer Society
Vickie Ensor Bands, MSN, MSA, RN, Director of Community Outreach and the Primary Care Clinic at Upper Chesapeake Health

CONTACT: For information about the program or an appointment with the Upper Chesapeake
Health System Primary Care Clinic, call 443.843.5758.

"We are proud that the NFL is investing in Maryland to support women's health through the Crucial Catch program,” said Gloria Crockett, Maryland State VP of the American Cancer Society. “We are very happy to partner with the Upper Chesapeake Health System, which has a strong commitment to serve the medically underserved and minorities in need. The American Cancer Society has a mission to ensure access to mammograms for women, and thanks to the NFL Crucial Catch program and Upper Chesapeake Health, we will be able to increase the fight against breast cancer in Harford County.”

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. For cancer news in your community, visit sacancernews.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2012
FROM: Communications Department
443-643-4200

Upper Chesapeake Health Named Exclusive Sports Medicine Provider for The John Carroll School

Bel Air. MD- Upper Chesapeake Health (UCH) and The John Carroll School have recently announced a partnership in which UCH will be the exclusive sports medicine provider for the private Harford County high school for the next three academic school years.

UCH will provide John Carroll sports teams with the expertise, guidance, and assistance of physician Derek McCoy, MD and certified athletic trainer, Karen Eder, ATC. Dr. McCoy, fellowship trained in both sports and family medicine, will serve as team physician and supervisor to the athletic trainer, and will be on the sidelines at all home football games during the upcoming seasons. Together, Dr. McCoy, Karen and the entire UCH Sports Medicine team will be available to treat all of the nearly 500 student-athletes at John Carroll with the most advanced options available right here in Harford County.

"The UCH Sports Medicine Team is extremely excited about this new partnership and our team is experienced in treating athletes and all types of sports related injuries," says Nathaniel Albright, Director of Orthopedics, Spine and Neurosciences at Upper Chesapeake Health. "This partnership is another opportunity to be the preferred healthcare provider for student-athletes in Harford and Cecil counties."

For more information on the Sports Medicine program at Upper Chesapeake Health or this new partnership, please contact Nathaniel Albright at 443-643-3364.

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March 22, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From: Communications Department
443-643-4200

UCH Primary Stroke Center Wins Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Havre de Grace. MD- The Primary Stroke Center at Harford Memorial Hospital (HMH), a member of Upper Chesapeake Health, has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the Center’s 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.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates Harford Memorial’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Syed Shaukat, M.D., Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information on Get With The Guidelines® and Stroke Gold Plus recognition, visit heart.org/quality.

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