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Monongahela Valley Hospital Earns Prestigious Distinction

Accepting the Get With Guidelines Stroke Bronze Award photo

Patrick Alberts, MVH's chief operating officer, (left) accepts the Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Bronze Award from Steve Dentel as Christine Snyder, MVH's stroke coordinator looks on.
(May 15, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital recently earned the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Bronze Award for excellence in stroke care. The award is presented to hospitals that demonstrate improved stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines.

"By achieving this distinction, it means that people walk out of your hospital," remarked Steve Dentel, regional senior director of quality improvement initiatives for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, when presenting the award to MVH. "This award is about your patients - they are surviving their strokes. You are giving them back lives to walk their daughters down the aisle and to spend more time with their grandchildren."

"This award is a testament to our entire stroke team," said Mary Lou Murt, MVH's senior vice president of Nursing. "When a stroke is occurring, time equals brain. People in the mid-Monongahela Valley should feel secure in knowing that they can receive excellent care that meets or exceeds the American Heart Association standards at Monongahela Valley Hospital from the medical professionals they know and trust."

May is National Stroke Awareness month. Strokes do not discriminate. They can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke and one person dies from a stroke every four minutes - making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. Although many people think of stroke as a condition that affects only older adults, strokes can and do occur in people of all ages. In fact, nearly a quarter of all strokes occur in people younger than age 65.

Each year, almost 800,000 strokes occur in the United States. Strokes often lead to serious, life-changing complications that include:

  • Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body.
  • Problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory.
  • Problems understanding or forming speech.
  • Difficulty controlling or expressing emotions.
  • Numbness or strange sensations.
  • Pain in the hands and feet.
  • Depression.

In addition to providing fast intervention to people suffering from a stroke, Monongahela Valley Hospital has a successful Stroke Support Group that meets the first Thursday of each month.

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