UAMS Stroke Program Wins Two Awards for Excellence in Care

By Ben Boulden

On June 7 at the Clinton Presidential Center, the American Heart Association honored the program with the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll 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 performance.

The Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite recognition acknowledges the program’s compliance with standards for quick and timely treatment of stroke. The Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus status recognizes the program’s continued high performance by those measures for two or more consecutive years after receiving a Gold or Silver award.

“This year’s honors from the American Heart Association and Health Department show that not only has the stroke care team at UAMS worked hard to achieve these high standards of care for our patients, but we have continued to maintain those standards over several years,” said Matthew Mitchell, M.N.Sc., R.N., director of the Stroke Program. “We’re grateful for these awards. They motivate us to maintain our achievements and even work to surpass them.”

UAMS Medical Center in July 2018 became the first and only health care provider in Arkansas to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

According to the Joint Commission, the certification is the most demanding accreditation and is designed for those hospitals that have the specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.