Posted in Awards & Honors, August 31, 2021
AHA Gold Stroke Award 2021 with hospital in background

Hillsboro Medical Center, an OHSU partner, has received the 2021 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll achievement award.  This marks the 10th consecutive year our Stroke Care Center has received the award.

Hillsboro Medical Center is nationally recognized for our commitment to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment based on the latest scientific evidence.

“I would like to thank our ER staff and inpatient team for their commitment to maintain the exceptional quality of stroke care for our patients during the pandemic,” said Daniel Friedman, M.D., director of the Stroke Care Center.

Hillsboro Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include:

  • Evaluation of the proper use of medications and treatments to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.
  • Before discharge, Hillsboro Medical Center patients receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, and other care transition interventions.

Recognizing stroke symptoms and calling 911 immediately is critical to ensuring you or your loved one receives fast, lifesaving treatment. The acronym BEFAST is a great way to remember the signs of a stroke. BEFAST stands for “balance,” “eyes,” “face drooping,” “arm weakness,” “speech difficulty” and “time to call 9-1-1.”

Writer: Jeff Schilling