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Committed to Quality: FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital Honored for Stroke Care

| Date Posted: 8/5/2020

PINEHURST - FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (MRH) has been awarded the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold PLUS Achievement Award and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.


The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke and diabetes patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines adhering to the latest scientific evidence.  


MRH has previously been acknowledged by the American Heart Association, earning the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll in 2019.


MRH - Hoke and MRH - Richmond also received recognition for their stroke care efforts.


Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and a major cause of disability for adults. About 795,000 people have a stroke each year, but often stroke is preventable, says Melanie Blacker, M.D., a neuro hospitalist at FirstHealth.


“FirstHealth’s multidisciplinary stroke team focuses on providing quality care, treatment and education to our patients admitted with stroke symptoms,” she says. “Receiving consecutive recognition from Get With The Guidelines is a testament to the dedication of our physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses in providing optimal care for our patients.”


According to Barb McGrath, R.N., FirstHealth is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for patients with stroke through the implementation of the Get with the Guidelines initiative.


“Our team is committed to raising community awareness regarding stroke symptom recognition and early EMS engagement,” she said.  “Every minute counts to preserve brain function.”


MRH earned the Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for 24 consecutive months.  


These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most relevant, evidence-based guidelines. Additionally, the achievement of goals for speedy recovery, as well as reducing death and disability for stroke patients, is measured. Prior to discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, in addition to other care transition interventions.


The Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll is an additional level of recognition above and beyond the Achievement Awards noting a hospital’s targeted approach to providing quality care for patients with heart failure and/or stroke and type 2 diabetes.


About Get With the Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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