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Stroke Team 1 Receives Award

University Health’s Stroke Team 1 Receives 
American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association Award


Shreveport, LA. – University Health’s Stroke Team 1 has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with The Guidelines®-Silver Stroke Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Stroke Team 1, which is made up of LSU Health Shreveport Doctors and University Health staff, 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 evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.  Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health; get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

 “This award signifies all the hard work and dedication that the team has put forth in bettering stroke care for the communities it serves,” said Misty Rains with the American Heart Association.

University Health Shreveport earned Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission in July 2016.  It was the first hospital in North Louisiana to earn this certification. University Health is the only center in the region that offers the latest procedures to remove blood clots from the brain.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  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.

For more information, contact William Strother at 318-626-1009 or 818-913-3997 or Ed Walsh at 318-424-2676 ext. 345.