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UNMH Receives Stroke Care Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes UNMH's commitment to quality stroke care

The University of New Mexico Hospital has been awarded with a 2019 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Honor Roll Elite Plus by the American Heart Association.

UNMH achieved the highest level of recognition for stroke quality and achievement measures from the American Heart Association. UNMH was the only hospital in New Mexico to receive that honor. 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.

UNMH 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.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 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 on UNMH's stroke care, visit https://hsc.unm.edu/health/patient-care/neurosciences-stroke-care/stroke/index.html

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