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Decatur Memorial Hospital Receives National Recognition for Stroke Care

Friday October, 14th 2016

October 14, 2016…Decatur Memorial Hospital has been nationally recognized again for implementing the latest research-based treatment guidelines for stroke patients through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke quality improvement program.

Decatur Memorial Hospital, a Silver Plus level recipient, is among 1,186 hospitals receiving a Get With the Guidelines–Stroke award this year. All recipients are featured in a special advertisement in the 2016 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.”

Get With the Guidelines is a hospital-based quality improvement program created to ensure hospitals consistently care for heart and stroke patients using the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

With Get With the Guidelines–Stroke treatment guidelines, stroke patients are started on aggressive therapies and medications that can help improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

Published scientific studies provide evidence that adhering to Get With The Guidelines quality measures can result in better patient outcomes, including increased survival.

Decatur Memorial Hospital also made the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for ensuring 50 percent or more of eligible stroke patients get prompt treatment to restore blood flow to the brain within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital — critical to limiting stroke damage.

“We are proud that the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of U.S. News & World Report to recognize Decatur Memorial Hospital for our achievements in their quality improvement programs,” said Timothy D. Stone Jr., President & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “Get With the Guidelines gives our healthcare team the tools to enhance the treatment and care of our patients.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of
death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40
seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About DMH
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,150 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence. DMH has been recognized five consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Truven Health Analytics.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality and find a recognized hospital near you.