Holyoke Medical Center Ranks No. 1 in Massachusetts for Stroke Care

HOLYOKE — The Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE), a voluntary statewide quality-improvement collaborative administered by the Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH), that supports primary stroke service hospitals, recently ranked Holyoke Medical Center No. 1 out of 58 hospitals in Massachusetts, including large teaching facilities, for stroke care.

Defect-free care is achieved when a patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.

“Holyoke Medical Center is proud that our hard work and passion for providing great care was recognized by this prestigious award from the DPH’s SCORE program,” said HMC Stroke Program Clinical Manager Angela Smith R.N. “We strive to provide exceptional care to all of our patients. This award represents that every stroke patient that comes through our doors, receives the highest quality of care.”

The rating evaluated adherence to 10 stroke consensus measures and required that each stroke patient receive all 10 measures. Holyoke Medical Center had the highest score in the state. This was one of several awards the medical center received at the annual award ceremony of the American Heart/Stroke Association and the Stroke Collaborative.

The medical center also received awards for being the highest performer on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale, and the American Stroke Association’s ’Get With The Guidelines’ Gold, Gold Plus, and Target Stroke Honor Roll awards for consistently exceeding quality care benchmarks for stroke and administering the clot-busting drug t-PA within 60 minutes of hospital arrive.