Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Quality Achievement Award for our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability. 

“This recognition exemplifies our hospital’s commitment to complete and comprehensive stroke care, and that commitment is only growing,” said Chase Collins, director of neurosciences at Mercy Health – Springfield. “Beyond what we’re already doing to ensure quality care for our patients, Mercy Health – Springfield is in the process of adding various new technology so our providers have the best tools available to help them save lives and improve outcomes. From detection to treatment, we’re building a truly comprehensive neuroscience program so people living in Springfield and the surrounding areas have the best level of care available.” 

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability nationwide. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is either blocked by a clot or busts. On average, someone in the US 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.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, MD, chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Springfield Regional Medical Center also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.