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Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center nationally recognized for stroke care

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MONROE, La. – Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Silver Plus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

“Receiving this award is a proud moment for our Ochsner LSU Health Monroe,” said Mark Randolph, CEO of Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center. “It recognizes the continuous efforts of our multidisciplinary stroke team in delivering timely interventions, innovative treatments and compassionate care to our patients, ultimately saving lives and improving outcomes.”

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Ochsner LSU Health for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., volunteer chairperson of the American Heart Association Stroke System of Care Advisory Group and professor of neurology and director of fellowships of neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

In addition to this award, Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center has earned a Primary Stroke Center Certification. This certification ensures an acute stroke care team is available 24/7 and at bedside within 15 minutes. To learn more about stroke care at Ochsner LSU Health, visit