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Phoebe Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular Treatment


Albany, GA | Oct. 6, 2021  – Phoebe has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the highest quality and most appropriate treatment. This is the sixth year Phoebe has received this designation.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association once again. Our team puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work daily to improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Dr. Marla Morgan, Phoebe Neurology.

Phoebe 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 measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

Additionally, Phoebe received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award and the Target: Stroke Type 2 Honor Roll award.

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

“When it comes to stroke care, every second counts. Not only is our immediate stroke team committed to stroke care but employees throughout the hospital are continually educated on the most current stroke awareness guidelines,” added Dr. Morgan.

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get with the Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001.