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Northwest Hospital Recognized with a Target Stroke and Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to reflect on all of the advancements that have been made in stroke prevention and treatment, and all the good work that continues to be done. The benchmarks of effective stroke care are quality and efficiency; and the hallmark of an effective stroke care facility is one where the staff is committed to learning and growing in their life-saving skill sets. This commitment is what makes Northwest Hospital one of the best hospitals in Maryland for patients who’ve suffered a stroke and it’s why Northwest has, once again, been recognized with a Target Stroke and the Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association.
This designation honors hospitals that have consistently incorporated the latest scientific treatment guidelines into stroke care. Northwest Hospital was singled out for adhering to core measures designed to get stroke patients the care they need, as soon as they need it. In 2009, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems named Northwest Hospital as a primary stroke center; a primary stroke center is able to triage and treat patients with stroke with accuracy and speed. Though it’s rare for a community hospital to earn distinction as a primary stroke center, Northwest Hospital offers 24/7 emergency stroke care and treatment teams that are well-versed in stroke protocol.
Seconds matter most when a patient is actively experiencing a stroke, but Northwest Hospital also boasts a wide continuum of care for recovery; this continuum is a multidisciplinary effort between emergency medicine, neurology, interventional radiology, rehabilitation services, pharmacy, lab, dietary and social work experts. Northwest Hospital will continue to provide the gold standard of stroke care for patients in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard Counties.
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