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Lydia Parris

Published on September 14, 2021

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Adventist HealthCare Hospitals Achieve National Recognition for High-Quality Stroke Care

GAITHERSBURG, MD. ― Adventist HealthCare hospitals in Montgomery County have earned national recognition for providing high-quality stroke care to the community. Shady Grove Medical Center was recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award. White Oak Medical Center achieved the Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award. Both hospitals also were awarded the association’s Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognition.

For the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award, both hospitals met seven achievement measures over the course of two years. Those measures track stroke treatment under the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. The hospitals also had to administer the clot-dissolving tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, treatment to at least 75 percent of ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of arrival to receive the distinction.

To receive the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognition, the hospitals met five eligibility requirements, which included qualifying for a Silver level or higher achievement for the Get with the Guidelines® module and demonstrating compliance for the overall diabetes cardiovascular initiative composite score for 12 consecutive months.

"This recognition demonstrates the commitment of each of our team members to providing high-quality care to our stroke patients,” said Yolanda Chik, MD, Stroke Medical Director for White Oak Medical Center. “It is an honor for our care to be acknowledged year after year and exemplifies our dedication to excellence.”

"Shady Grove has now earned this top stroke care recognition for eight straight years. These awards signify to our community that they can trust us in these life-saving situations,” said Perry Smith, MD, Stroke Medical Director for Shady Grove Medical Center. "I’m proud that Shady Grove can offer our community the highest-rated stroke care available."

Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the longest-serving health systems in the Washington, D.C., region, and one of the largest employers in Maryland. It includes Shady Grove Medical Center, White Oak Medical Center, Fort Washington Medical Center, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, Home Care Services, Adventist Medical Group, Imaging and Urgent Care. Our mission is to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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