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Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite is celebrating after recently being awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award,” it announced this week.

The award recognizes medical facilities that are able to meet quality assurance measures set out by the AHA for the diagnosis and treatment of patients having a stroke.

“Patient care is always the top priority at Dallas Regional Medical Center,” Glenda Matchett, the hospital’s CEO, said in a news release. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative shows that we are dedicated to improving the quality of care our stroke patients receive.”

Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association, which also says nearly 795,000 people each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. If proper care is administered, the chance of survival increases and recovery can take place more quickly.

“We are pleased to recognize Dallas Regional Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said in a news release. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer re-admissions and lower mortality rates.”

Dallas Regional Medical Center is located at 1011 N Galloway Ave.