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Atrium Health Navicent Celebrates 14 Years of World Class Stroke Care

Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center achieves national recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center has earned its 12th consecutive American Heart Association (AHA) “Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke provides health care professionals the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center has been honored annually since 2008 for its commitment to providing patients with advanced stroke care quickly and safely, saving lives and reducing disability for patients after a stroke,” said Atrium Health Navicent Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrice Walker. “This recognition is a reflection of our teammates’ success not only in providing excellent patient care, but also in their use of evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Atrium Health Navicent has also been named to AHA’s “Target Type 2 Diabetes” Honor Roll for the past two years. Since diabetes is a risk factor for stroke, this honor goes hand in hand with the stroke achievement award. The hospital has made great strides in helping central Georgians manage their diabetes, particularly in addressing racial and gender disparities for those with the disease.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit