COLUMBIA, Md.—Howard County General Hospital’s Primary Stroke Program passed its recertification survey and received accreditation for another five years from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, which oversees and coordinates all components of the statewide emergency medical services system.
Howard County General Hospital’s stroke program, started 10 years ago in 2008, offers a system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This includes using a team approach to stroke evaluations with brain-imaging scans, bedside providers and neurologists conducting patient evaluations and treatment with clot-busting medications and other advanced therapies. Care continues after patients leave the hospital with a stroke support group consisting of patients and caregivers.
For eight consecutive years, the stroke program has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Quality Achievement Awards and most recently the Target: Stroke Honor Roll–Elite Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.
About Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 267 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care.
The hospital has a professional staff of more than 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,800 individuals and over 300 volunteers.
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