Floyd Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association`s Get With The GuidelinesĀ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital`s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must adhere to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and comply with Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

`With a stroke, every second is critical, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive excellent care as quickly and efficiently as possible,` said Dr. Joseph Biuso, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Floyd. `Our award-winning stroke team is dedicated to improving the quality of care patients receive and these guidelines help us achieve that goal.`

The Get With The Guidelines program establishes quality measures that are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

`We are pleased to recognize Floyd for their commitment to stroke care` said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women`s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.`Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care`

As a Primary Stroke Center, Floyd features a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Care Center. Floyd has Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission. This certification recognizes our facility`s ability to treat the most complex stroke cases.