American Heart Association Award (AHA) recognizes Parkland Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care.

Derry, NH (June 12, 2018) – Parkland Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus 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.

Parkland 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.

“As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Parkland is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients and is pleased to be recognized for the implementation of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Jeff Scionti, CEO of Parkland Medical Center. “This achievement is the result of a collaborative effort from our EMS personnel, emergency physicians, cardiologists, radiologists, neurologists and members of the stroke care team for their ongoing commitment to providing life-saving care 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.”

Parkland also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must 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.

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.