Mercy Medical Center awarded for their stroke care

Stoke is fourth-leading cause of death in Massachusetts

Members of the Mercy Stroke Committee are seen here in a photo provided by Mercy Medical Center.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mercy Medical Center has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

According to a Mercy news release sent to 22News, the award recognizes their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to research-based guidelines.

In order to receive the award, the hospital had to achieve 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive year periods, and achieve 75 percent compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in Massachusetts.

22News will bring you more information about the hospital’s achievement on 22News Starting at 5:00 p.m.

(Left to Right) Lee H. Schwamm, MD, Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Mercy Medical Center’s Patti Henault, RN, Stroke Coordinator; Lou Durkin, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Department; Joanie D’Ambrosia , Paramedic, EMS Coordinator; and Anita Christie, Director, Office of Preventative Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.