PMC earns Stroke Gold Plus Target award

Amy Charles

Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Medical Director of the Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center and Brigetta Collins, RN and Program Coordinator were honored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association at the recent International Stroke Conference held in Los Angeles.

The conference is the premier meeting on the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease in the United States. More than 4,000 experts from around the world attended the meeting. It was at the Quality Awards dinner that Dr. Ahmed and Collins were presented with the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award for 2017.

"It was an honor to receive the Gold Plus Target Elite Award from the American Heart and American Stroke Association on behalf of Pikeville Medical Center (PMC)," said Dr. Ahmed. "I would like to thank the president, the board and CEO for their continued support and also the dedicated stroke team at PMC including the physicians, nurses and technicians for helping us achieve this prestigious award multiple times."

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

"It was an honor to represent Pikeville Medical's Primary Stroke Center, along with Dr. Ahmed, at the 2018 International Stroke Conference and receive our prestigious award for the stroke care provided to our patients in the community and surrounding region," said Collins. "I am proud to say that our facility always believes in providing best care to all patients and I feel very privileged to be a part of the PMC team!" 

PMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. 

"We at PMC will continue to take care of patients in our community with stroke and other neurological conditions in the best possible way with God's grace and continued excellent services," added Dr. Ahmed.