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Healthalliance-Clinton Hospital Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus award for commitment to prioritizing quality care for stroke patients.

The American Heart Association's 2021 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus award for Stroke in the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

UMass Memorial Health - HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. 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. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients. 

HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Steve Roach, President of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“We are pleased to recognize HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital 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.”

Additionally, HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.” 

About UMass Memorial Health - HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital
UMass Memorial Health HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is a full-service, 163 bed community hospital serving communities in North Central Massachusetts and surrounding cities and towns with a team of over 400 physicians across 40 health care specialties. We provide a full complement of services on our three campuses in Clinton, Fitchburg and Leominster including two 24-hour state-of-the-art emergency departments; an urgent care center; primary care, behavioral health, a complementary care center and specialty care such as the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center, home health and hospice, physical therapy centers, and geriatric psychiatry programs and services. Visit our website for more information.