Habersham Medical Center named “Hospital of the Year” for stroke care

DEMOREST, Ga. – Habersham Medical Center was recently awarded the “Georgia Coverdell Champion Hospital of the Year” honor for stroke care in the small hospital category (26-100 beds) for 2016.

The award, presented by the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry, aims to increase collaboration between hospitals and other healthcare providers, develop improved protocols of treatment to provide better care for stroke patients, reduce the occurrence of subsequent strokes, and lower the stroke death rate.

Only five hospitals received this award, which was presented at the Georgia Stroke Professional Alliance’s quarterly meeting in February 2017.  The other recipients included St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital (less than 25 beds); Piedmont Newnan Hospital (101-350 beds); Chandler Hospital-Savannah (over 350 beds) and Emory University Hospital Midtown (over 350 beds).

The award is granted to one hospital in each bed size category achieving the highest percentage in providing “the right care to the right patient every time” and participation in the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry initiatives to improve outcomes.

“Once again, Habersham Medical Center’s stroke care program has been recognized throughout the state,” says Jerry Wise, CEO of Habersham Medical Center.  “We would like to thank our stroke team and all the HMC employees for their commitment to providing the highest quality stroke care.”

The Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry is named in memory of Senator Paul Coverdell who died of a massive stroke in 2000.  A Nationally Certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, Habersham Medical Center joined the Registry in 2001.