Munson Medical Center Earns National Stroke Care Awards


The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently honored Munson Medical Center with its 2021 Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Award along with the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award.

This recognition reflects the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment based on nationally recognized research-based guidelines tied to the latest scientific evidence. The Gold Plus Award will be acknowledged nationally in U.S. News and World Report and at the International Stroke Conference, Feb. 9 - 11, 2022, in New Orleans.

This is the eighth consecutive year Munson Medical Center has been recognized with the Gold Plus Award, an accomplishment that reflects the work of both the core stroke unit and the expanded Endovascular Stroke Program team. 

“Patients who arrive with stroke symptoms are met by a multidisciplinary team at Munson Medical Center dedicated to identifying and treating their condition quickly and appropriately,” said Kersti Bruining, M.D., medical director for the inpatient stroke unit at the hospital. “This recognition again affirms the hard work and dedication of many staff and physicians to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.”

To achieve the Gold Plus Award, a hospital must meet specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients within a designated period. Prior to discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, risk factor modification, have a follow-up visit scheduled, and other care transition interventions.

The Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award recognizes a 45-minute door-to-treatment time for administering clot-dissolving medication. Munson Healthcare Endovascular Stroke Program Director Gary Rajah, M.D., said ongoing Emergency Department efforts to decrease door-to-treatment times for patients have been outstanding.

“I’m very proud of all the team members involved in providing high-quality care for our stroke patients,” Dr. Rajah said. “The results of the stroke team are truly impressive. We are making a difference in the lives of stroke patients.” 

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association reports that stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

More information on Munson Healthcare’s stroke program can be found at