LANSING, MI – For the second year in a row, Sparrow Hospital and its Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the highest level of recognition for stroke care nationally. The Stroke Center has been honored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the Get with The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLD PLUS achievement award and Target: Stroke Elite Gold Plus Honor Roll.The honors recognize Sparrow for its continued success in using standards set by the Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke and Target: Stroke℠ program. For Mid-Michigan Patients, this means Sparrow provides the most up-to-date treatment, which means improved care and outcomes. "We pride ourselves in serving our community with the best stroke care in the region by using specialty trained providers combined with the latest clinical guidelines and state-of-the-art equipment,” said Anmar Razak, M.D., Director, Sparrow Comprehensive Stroke Center. “Strokes come in different forms and severities and stroke care has evolved tremendously over the last few years to include highly complex surgical treatments such as THROMBECTOMY, carotid surgery and stenting and aneurysms clipping and coiling. As the region's only Comprehensive Stroke Center we offer these treatments 24/7 and this award exemplifies the hard work we do at Sparrow to remain at the national forefront of stroke care. " The Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke and Target: Stroke℠ program measures factors such as the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke Patients. Before discharge, Patients also receive education on managing their health. Sparrow is the region’s only hospital to be designated as a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The designation – given to an elite network of facilities nationwide – recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts toward delivering the best care possible to "complex stroke" Patients. For more information about the Sparrow Stroke Center, go to Sparrow.org/strokecenter.