Metrowest Medical Center Receives Award For Stroke Care

FRAMINGHAM –  MetroWest Medical Center received the Modified Rankin Scale greater than or equal to 85% Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded quality improvement collaborative administered by the DPH, that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals. This award recognizes hospitals that complete the Modified Rankin Scale on at least 85 percent of stroke patients from January 2016 – December 2016.

“At MetroWest Medical Center we strive to provide exceptional care to all of our patients. We are proud that our commitment to providing quality stroke care was recognized by this prestigious award from the DPH’s Coverdell Stroke program,” said Denise Schepici, Chief Administrative Officer from MetroWest Medical Center. Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.

Knowing the key signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1- 1 immediately can save a life. The F.A.S.T. acronym is an easy way to remember:

 Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile

 Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms

 Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase

 Time: If you observe these symptoms, call 9-1- 1

For more information about the Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program,

or about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign, please visit: www.mass.gov/dph/heartstroke.

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MetroWest Medical Center is a two hospital system, made up of Framingham Union Hospital and Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick. MetroWest Medical Center has been serving the community for over a century, and is committed to providing high quality, compassionate care at a location close to home.

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Photo courtesy. Pictured from left:  Lee H. Schwamm, MD, FAHA,  Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology C. Miller Fisher Chair & Chief of MGH Stroke Services, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Ric Larson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MetroWest Medical Center; Dina Advani, Quality Project Specialist, MetroWest Medical Center; Drew Harding, Chief Nursing Officer, MetroWest Medical Center; Sharon Arroyo, Stroke Coordinator, MetroWest Medical Center; Anita Christie, Director, Office of Preventative Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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