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Stroke Center receives national award

Columbus -   The Stroke Center at Columbus Regional Hospital recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes hospitals for commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost," said Dr. Don Harris, stroke medical director. "We have developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate."

To receive the award, the Stroke Center at Columbus Regional Hospital consistently complied for at least one year with the requirements in the Get With the Guidelines program, which include aggressive use of certain medications and smoking cessation.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.

For more information about the Stroke Center at Columbus Regional Hospital, one of only 15 designated Primary Stroke Centers in Indiana, visit www.crh.org/strokecenter.

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