RECOGNIZED: Cynthia Keely, quality director with the American Heart Association's Great Rivers Affiliate, center, presents the award to Pikeville Medical Center Consultant Juanita Deskins and Primary Stroke Center Medical Director Dr. Naveed Ahmed. Also pictured from left are 7A Director Tommi Brashear, Assistant Vice President of Patient Services Jeannette Sexton and Stroke Coordinator Brigetta Collins.
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PMC receives gold status for stroke care

Amy Charles

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite.


The award recognizes Pikeville Medical Center's (PMC) commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


This marks the 3rd consecutive year the stroke center has earned Honor Roll Elite status.


"It is an honor that we have received this award and it is only possible with the great support we have from administration, the board of directors and Mr. May," said Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Primary Stroke Center Medical Director. "I want to commend the physicians and staff in the Emergency Department, Critical Care, the Primary Stroke Center on the 7th floor and the rehabilitation hospital who take care of our patients while they are recovering from the stroke," Dr. Ahmed continued. "We know that stroke patients will get the quality care in Eastern Kentucky because PMC is the only Primary Stroke Center that has been recognized consecutively over the years with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines awards."


"I want to thank the frontline staff who are meeting all the deadlines and have worked so hard to get this award for three years in a row," said Jeannette Sexton, Assistant Vice President of Patient Services. "The nurses who work on the stroke floors work tirelessly each day to execute the protocols required to earn this award," Sexton continued. "This unit is very close and demonstrates teamwork, that's why it's so successful."


To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.


Pikeville Medical Primary Stroke Center 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 provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.


"As Medical Director of PMC's Primary Stroke Program since its inception, I will continue to support this hospital and community to take care of our patients in the best possible manor," Dr. Ahmed concluded.


The award was presented to PMC by OPP7, comprised of Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware.


"Congratulations to you all on receiving the highest awards from our Get With The Guidelines Program," stated Keely. "You have a highly gifted and dedicated team of people working here, providing stroke care to your patients. This award is not only a celebration for your hospital, but for your patients who are receiving this excellent care and have a higher quality of life because of what you all do."