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Committed to Quality: MRH Hoke Honored for Stroke Care

| Date Posted: 8/5/2020

RAEFORD – FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (MRH) – Hoke has been awarded the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines ® Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award.


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. 


Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst 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.


“Fast treatment is important in preventing death and disability from stroke,” she says. “That has remained a focus of FirstHealth’s multidisciplinary stroke team. Receiving recognition from Get With The Guidelines shows the dedication of our physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses in providing optimal care for our patients at all FirstHealth campuses.”


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 - Hoke earned the Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for 12 consecutive months.


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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