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Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital Honored with Quality Achievement Awards for Stroke Care - 05/15/2017

Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital Honored with Quality Achievement Awards for Stroke Care

Release Date: May 15, 2017
Stroke Gold Award

Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital have both received the 2017 Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for treating stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Sibley’s Stroke Program and the SuburbanHospital-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Center both earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. 

According to Jason Freeman, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of the Sibley Stroke Program, “Developing and using best practices for stroke treatment has a profound positive effect, not just on saving lives, but also on minimizing brain damage so that in many cases patients can recover fully.”

"Suburban Hospital is in the vanguard of providing advanced, life-saving interventions to improve the quality of stroke care and the lives of those who suffer strokes," said Zurab Nadareishvili, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Suburban Hospital-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Center. “The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke helps us achieve our goal of ensuring that our patients receive the best evidence-based care." 

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke also helps Sibley and Suburban Hospitals’ staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients on how to manage their risk factors, understand the warning signs for stroke and take their medications properly.    

About Sibley Memorial Hospital: Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Northwest Washington, D.C., has a distinguished history of serving the community since its founding in 1890. As a not-for-profit, full-service, 318-bed community hospital, Sibley offers medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopaedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a state-of-the-art 24-hour Emergency Department. Sibley’s campus, with its new patient tower, is also home to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Grand Oaks, an assisted living residence, a medical building with physician offices as well as ambulatory surgery and imaging centers. For more information, visit

About Suburban Hospital: Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a community-based, not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery County and the surrounding area since 1943. The hospital is a regional trauma center with centers of excellence in cardiovascular care, stroke and neurosciences, orthopaedics and oncology. Suburban Hospital’s unique affiliation with the National Institutes of Health, located across the street from the hospital, has brought world-class research from the laboratory to the bedside, providing the local community with round-the-clock access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for stroke, heart attack and other clinical conditions.

About The Suburban Hospital-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Center: Since its inception in late 1999, the NIH Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital has been dedicated to researching the most effective ways to diagnose and treat stroke using new technologies and drugs. With physician-scientists from the NIH working side-by-side with Suburban Hospital clinicians, the Suburban Hospital Stroke Program assures access to the most advanced medical protocols and cutting-edge technology.

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines® has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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Gary Stephenson 
Director of Public Relations