FLORENCE, AL ― North Alabama Medical Center received the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality
Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke
patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-
based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
North Alabama Medical Center 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
“North Alabama Medical Center continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of
stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work,” said
Russell Pigg, Chief Executive Officer at North Alabama Medical Center.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth
cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. 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.