LANSING, MI – Sparrow Hospital and its Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the highest level award for stroke care by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The GOLD PLUS quality achievement award recognizes Sparrow for its continued success in using standards set by the Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke and Target: Stroke℠ program. The program establishes the most up-to-date evidence based treatment guidelines for improved Patient care and outcomes. These measures include evaluation of 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. “Nationally, there has been enormous advancement in the way we treat complex and severe strokes over the last few years and Sparrow Hospital has always been at the forefront,” said Anmar Razak, M.D., Director of the Sparrow Comprehensive Stroke Center. “This award is a testament to the hard work and excellent care we provide our region when it comes to stroke treatment.” 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/stroke-center. Choose Wisely. Choose Sparrow.