Covid-19 deaths have pushed past 150-thousand.  The death toll is staggering but not unfamiliar to the doctors who treat stroke victims.  A stroke is serious business.  How serious?  According to the CDC:

Stroke Statistics

  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year.
  • Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke.—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. 
  • About 87% of all strokes blood flow to the brain is blocked.
  • Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year. 
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. 

Such a serious issue requires a serious response and Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) has risen to the medical challenge and has 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.

The Stroke Gold Plus Award recognizes VMM for establishing measures including evaluation of the proper use of medications and other treatments in line with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines.  The goal of course is patient speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Virginia Mason Memorial CEO Carole Peet the hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by way of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative.