Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines’ Silver Achievement award for its success in providing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines. ‘This award highlights our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,’said Mark Gorman, MD, director of the Fletcher Allen Stroke Program, and University of Vermont associate professor of Neurology. ‘We’re honored to receive this additional validation that our expert Stroke Center staff provides best-practice care that saves lives and improves patient outcomes.’These measures include aggressive use of medications such as t-PA (a protein designed to dissolve blood clots), antithrombotics (such as aspirin), anticoagulation (coumadin) therapy where appropriate, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation – all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the primary cause of long-term disability. The Stroke Center team has been regularly recognized by the ‘Get with the Guidelines’program since 2008, and has been classified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading organization for setting health care quality standards. About Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center — providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York — and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org(link is external) or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia(link is external).