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Community Memorial Hospital Earns National Award for High Quality Stroke Treatment

Community Memorial Stroke Champions are dedicated to educating our community and assisting in the assessment, identification, and treatment of stroke patients by improving recognition and standardizing the response to stroke.

For another consecutive year, Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Community Memorial Hospital earned the Get with The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement 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 evaluating the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines, with the goal of enhancing recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Community Memorial Hospital’s comprehensive stroke center is also certified by DNV Healthcare.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible outcomes following a stroke,” said Gary K. Wilde, Community Memorial Healthcare System’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am exceedingly proud of the work our physicians and stroke team do on an ongoing basis to ensure that the most current, evidence-based treatment protocols are in place at Community Memorial Hospital.”

Community Memorial Hospital also received two other awards: the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, and the Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, a national recognition for hospitals participating in the Get With The Guidelines program. Hospitals receive these honors if they meet high-performance criteria for the speed of treatment for stroke patients, as well as other measures. The awards were based on data submitted for the 2021 calendar year.

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and about 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke annually. Early detection and treatment are critical to improving survival, minimizing disability, and enhancing recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to help healthcare professionals implement the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients. For more information, visit