ADDITIONAL STROKE PROGRAM ACHIEVEMENTS § In May, Concord Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) GetWithThe Guidelines®– Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.The award recognizes Concord Hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines and the latest scientific evidence. § Concord Hospital was recertified as a Primary Stroke Center hospital by DNV Healthcare USA, Inc., which validates our dedication to the latest and most rapid care possible for patients presenting with stroke. § In September,The Foundation for Healthy Communities honored Concord Hospital for patient family engagement with its Noah Lord Patient and Family Engagement Award. The award cited the Stroke Program Patient Experience project, which was initiated to gain a better understanding of the care experience from patients and family members. “Byengagingpatients,familiesandprovidersincareconversations,theConcordHospital StrokeTeamwasabletoimmediatelyevaluateandimprovethecaredeliveredtostroke patientsandtheirfamilies,enhancingthepatientexperience,”saidtheFoundation. § AHA/ASA chose the New Hampshire Stroke Collaborative, of which Concord Hospital is co-chair, as the 2017 American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award recipient.The annual award is given to an individual or group that has been an advocate for policy change supported by the AHA/ASA to improve stroke systems of care including: prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke patients in the Northeast (New Jersey to Maine).The New Hampshire Stroke Collaborative was selected due to its tireless efforts to expand the stroke system of care.The Collaborative has impressed upon the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) and its members the importance of preventing strokes, improving outcomes and inspiring hope in the stroke community. NECC also recognized the Collaboration for the survey it developed to assess the capabilities of hospitals, the yearly stroke conference, policy efforts surrounding stroke and commitment to public education. F A S T Facial droop – Asktheperson tosmile.Does onesideofthe facedroop? Arm weakness – Asktheperson toraiseboth arms.Doesone armdriftdown? Speech difficulty – Isthespeech slurredor strange? Time tocall911 atthevery firstsign ofstroke! Learnhowtospotastroke!Itcouldsavealife. NoahLord PatientandFamily EngagementAward 2017AmericanStrokeAssociation CommunityConscienceAward C O N C O R D H O S P I T A L A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 7 11