Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County Receives American Heart Association Honors

March 10, 2014

Manitowoc, Wis. – Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County has received the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Award, recognizing excellence in patient care quality and outcomes related to stroke patients.

“It is always an honor to be recognized by the organizations that are establishing standards for the highest quality of care,” said Cathie Kocourek, Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County President. “We are thankful for all our caregivers that have made this recognition possible.”

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals and at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

The stroke category of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Since its initiation in 2003, 1,656 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke database.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. We serve more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and our amazing 30,000 caregivers. As evidenced by our more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow.

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