Program Recognition

2009

Certified Primary Stroke Center

2010

Get With the Guidelines® Silver Award Winner

2010

NeuroDirect Telemedicine Network Launched

Extending GMH's stroke expertise to community hospitals in the region:

  • Greer Memorial Hospital
  • Hillcrest Memorial Hospital
  • Baptist Easley Hospital

2011

Re-Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Extended NeuroDirect services to:

  • AnMed Health
  • Oconee Medical Center

2011

Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Award Winner

GMH is a Certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission

The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that services provided have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

GMH earns American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines™ Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target:Stroke Honor Roll

Gold hospitals follow treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time and have maintained this performance level for consecutive twelve month intervals. The Plus awards represent a current gold award and additional 75 percent compliance with module specific quality measures for at least twenty-four consecutive months. Some of these include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

Target: Stroke is in addition to Gold Plus and is specifically how we have developed processes that allow us to rapidly treat ischemic stroke in less than 60 minutes from patient arrival to ED. This time period is currently met only about 1/3 of time nationally, and Target: Stroke hospitals must meet this goal >50% of the time.

NeuroDirect

NeuroDirect brings the expertise of GHS stroke specialists to community hospitals with telemedicine. About 1/3 of the counties in South Carolina have a shortage or no neurologists serving their population. And even when there are neurologists, they tend not to be stroke specialists. Currently, GHS partners with five hospitals in the Upstate for stroke consultation and diagnosis with NeuroDirect.