RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Two valley hospitals are recognized with national awards for stroke treatment.
The Valley Baptist Medical Centers in Brownsville and Harlingen received "Gold Plus" awards for care of stroke patients from the American Heart Association and American Association for 2013.
"Gold" awards for care of stroke patients indicate 85 percent or greater compliance with national quality achievement indicators, as set by the American Heart Association.
The hospitals also received the "Target: Stroke Honor Roll" award for fast response in treating patients who come to the hospital with life-threatening symptoms of stroke.
"Honor Roll" status is given to hospitals which consistently treat stroke patients with life-saving medications within an hour after the patient arrives at the hospital.