TEXARKANA, Texas -- Wadley Regional Medical Center recently received a national award for its stroke care services.
Wadley received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines - Stroke "Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll" quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally-recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S, according to Wadley. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die.
Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
"Wadley Regional Medical Center is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines," said Dr. Khalid Malik, medical director of Wadley's Stroke program. "Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our team to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in Texarkana and the surrounding communities can experience longer, healthier lives."
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
(For more information you may visit https://www.wadleyhealth.org/services-directory/stroke-services)