GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The American Heart Association recognized the Baystate Franklin Medical Center for its commitment to quality stroke care.
Baystate Franklin received a Gold Plus rating for the third year in a row. It means the hospital uses the most up to date, evidence-based guidelines, treating patients quickly and safely. The ultimate goal is to reduce death and disability for stroke patients.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed, so time is of the essence. This award recognizes our commitment at BFMC to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Thomas Higgins, MD, MCCM, FACP, interim president and chief medical officer at Baystate Franklin.
“Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Baystate Franklin Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of Medicine at Stanford University.