University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

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University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Honored with Quality
Achievement Award for Stroke Care

LaPlata, MD: March 30, 2014 – University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award
for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart
Association
/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date,
research-based care with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for
stroke patients. UM Charles Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality
achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a
designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction
therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

UM Charles Regional also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for
meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment
with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to
treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the
onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

“UM Charles Regional is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke
helps us achieve that goal,” said Dr. Mark Dumais, Chief Medical Officer. “With this award, we
demonstrate our commitment to ensure that each patient receives care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize UM Charles Regional for their commitment and dedication
to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The
Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular
Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical
School
. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines
quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission
rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps UM Charles Regional’s staff implement
prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and
to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.
Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on
the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-
understand format in either English or Spanish.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the
number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.

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About University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center:
UM Charles Regional Medical Center is a regional, not-for-profit, integrated health system
serving Charles County and the surrounding areas of southern Maryland. We constantly
reinvest resources into the community with innovative technology, community health education,
and care for the poor. For more information, visit www.CharlesRegional.org.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s
hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with 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 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit http://www.heart.org/quality or http://www.heart.org/myhealthcare.

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