Coliseum Medical Centers receives stroke performance achievement award


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – For the 7th year in a row, Coliseum Medical Centers are the best at taking care of stroke patients.

That’s according to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. One stroke survivor says had it not been for the hospital, she may not be alive today.

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Help is no longer a necessity for Janie Lowe.

“I don’t look like what I’ve been through,” she said.

She beat one stroke in the 1980’s, then another a decade later. Then there was a blood pressure test a few years ago. Safe to say Janie wasn’t expecting those results.

“I do not think that I would have known until I had a stroke and unfortunately that would have been my third stroke,” she said.

Doctors at the Coliseum Medical Centers caught a warning sign through Janie’s blood pressure test and now she praises the work the hospital does for stroke patients.

“They treat stroke as emergently as they do a heart attack, as emergently as they do a trauma,” Kristen Ankrom, the hospital’s stroke program coordinator, said.

She says receiving a seventh straight stroke performance achievement award is a testament to how the hospital cares.

“You are faced with the reality that that could be you one day, but then it’s rewarding because you get to see first hand their recovery and you get to be part of that,” Ankrom said.

The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to making sure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment.

The 2016 American Heart Association/American Stroke Asssociation’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award goes to hospitals that achieve 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive periods.

For Lowe, the hospital is what she calls a “lifesaver.”

“I’m a very happy person, a joyful person, I should say, and I know I’m blessed,”  she said.

A blessing that allows her to help others.

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the country.

If you feel like you or someone you know is having a stroke, don’t waste any time to call 911.