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by Tampa General Hospital on Wednesday June 19, 2019
TGH earns Heart Association¡¯s Stroke Award

TAMPA, Fla. (Jun 19, 2019) -?Tampa General Hospital has received a prestigious award from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

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 scientific evidence.

It¡¯s called the Get with the Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

TGH 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.

¡°Tampa General maintains a world-class level of stroke care at the highest standards available,¡± said Karen Wilson, TGH comprehensive stroke coordinator.

Tampa General also received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. To qualify for this recognition, the hospital had to meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient¡¯s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S., according to the heart association.