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 2013.
 
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 fourhospitals received this award which was presented at the Georgia Stroke Professional Alliance’s quarterly meeting on February 19, 2014. The other recipients included Putnam General Hospital (25 beds or less category); South Georgia Medical Center (101-350 beds) and Atlanta Medical Center (more than 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 Physician Champions Dr. Rhett Weaver, HMC stroke team chairman, and Dr. Jim Hamilton, co-chair, 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.