Gains Recognition in July 23 Issue of U.S. News & World Report
The award was received for outstanding performance on seven measures of stroke care performance. The award was presented to Orange Regional’s Stroke Center Director, Dr. Carmen Martinez at the 2007 International Stroke Conference in San Francisco. GWTG-Stroke is an in-hospital program designed to improve acute stroke treatment and prevent future strokes and cardiovascular events. Orange Regional’s participation in GWTG-Stroke focuses on quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients through its stroke center. Stroke is the third largest cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
The award led to Orange Regional Medical Center being listed as one of 68 hospitals nationwide recognized in a congratulatory message from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in the July 23, 2007 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which is on-sale July 16.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the GWTG’stroke Performance Achievement Award recognizes success in improving time to receiving treatment along with other aspects of stroke care,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national GWTG Steering Committee. “Improving the care received by stroke patients can improve their clinical outcomes after an event. We are proud of Orange Regional’s commitment and want to commend them for implementing lifesaving standards and protocols for stroke care.”
“Orange Regional is dedicated to making our patient care for stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s GWTG program helps us accomplish that by providing our professionals with tools and resources to improve the quality of care and long-term outcomes of our stroke patients,” said Dr. Martinez.