UAMS Stroke Program Wins Two Awards for Excellence in Care

By Ben Boulden

The American Heart Association honored the program with the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus award. The Arkansas Department of Health recognized the program with a Defect Free Stroke Patient Care award for the overall quality of UAMS’ stroke care.

The Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite recognition acknowledges the program’s compliance with standards for quick and timely treatment of stroke as well as counseling and follow-up treatment at discharge. The Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus status recognizes the program’s continued high performance by those measures for an entire year after receiving a Gold or Silver award.

“For several years in a row, the stroke care team at UAMS has worked hard to achieve these high standards of care for our patients and to sustain that level of excellence each and every year since we first reached them,” said Matthew Mitchell, M.N.Sc., R.N., director of the Stroke Program. “We’re grateful for these honors from the American Heart Association and Health Department, which motivate us to maintain our achievements and even work to surpass them.”