Wahiawa General Hospital receives award from American Heart Association

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Wahiawa General Hospital recently received national recognition from the American Heart Association for its commitment to quality stroke care.

The Stroke Plus Gold Quality Achievement Award recognizes the hospital's devotion to providing stroke patients with treatment in line with nationally approved and research-based guidelines.

Wahiawa General Hospital earned the award by meeting several specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for a designated period. Measures include the evaluation of the proper use of medications, and other stroke treatments.

According to the American heart and stroke associations, stroke is the no. 5 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.

"Wahiawa General Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association's 'Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative," said Brian Cunningham, CEO of Wahiawa General Hospital.

"These initiatives improve the ability for our tireless staff of physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to meet or exceed the evidenced-based clinical standards with regards to patient care," Cunningham said.

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