Published on November 01, 2021

NMMC Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines-Stroke: GoldPlus Award for commitment to prioritizing quality care for stroke patients

stroke team

Representing NMMC-Tupelo’s Stroke Team are (front row, from left) Dr. Feras Jeradeh-Boursoulian, neurohospitalist; Laura McClung, director of Clinical Quality and Population Outcomes; neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Stacy; (back row, from left) TJ Adams, NMMC-Tupelo president and North Mississippi Health Services vice president of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Services; Lee Waldrop, clinical nurse manager, Emergency Department; and Lori Forrester, acute care nurse practitioner.

acute stroke team

Staff of NMMC’s Acute Stroke Unit


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

TUPELO, Mississippi—North Mississippi Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Stroke is the No. 5 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 was developed to assist health care professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

“NMMC-Tupelo is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said David Wilson, North Mississippi Health Services chief operating officer and NMMC-Tupelo president. “This award is the culmination of significant effort by multidisciplinary team members who are passionate and dedicated to improving patient outcomes. The credit for this award goes to our Stroke Team, which has been laser focused on making sure that our community has the best care possible.”

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.

“We are pleased to recognize North Mississippi Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

NMMC also received the Association’s StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.  

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