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UPMC Hospitals in North Central Pa. Recognized for Commitment to Providing High-quality Stroke Care


June 14, 2022

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Two UPMC in North Central Pa. hospitals have received American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement awards – UPMC Williamsport received GoldPlus recognition and UPMC Lock Haven received SilverPlus. The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

“UPMC is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and these awards recognize our teams’ effort as leaders in stroke care in north central Pennsylvania,” said Patti Jackson-Gehris, president, UPMC in North Central Pa. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in Lock Haven, Williamsport and across the region can experience longer, healthier lives.”

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize both UPMC Williamsport and UPMC Lock Haven for their commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved

patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

For more information on stroke care provided by UPMC in North Central Pa., visit

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