GREENVILLE — Vidant Health hospitals have received several American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines achievement awards for their work in treating stroke, diabetes, cardiac arrest, heart attack and heart failure, according to a press release.

Vidant North received the Stroke Silver Plus and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award.

These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Vidant’s recognition by Get With The Guidelines demonstrates our commitment to quality care,” said Teresa Anderson, PhD, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president of quality at Vidant. “Meeting our mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina means finding solutions for chronic conditions that affect so many in our region. The Vidant system is proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for turning guidelines into lifelines.”

Lee H. Schwamm, M.D. said, “We are pleased to recognize Vidant Health for their commitment to diabetes, stroke and heart care. Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.” Schwamm is the national chairman of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of neurology, director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which includes heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest, are among the leading causes of death in the nation. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease combined.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and there are nearly 795,000 new or recurrent strokes each year. Stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year, accounting for one out of every 20 deaths. In eastern North Carolina, the stroke death rate is even higher, highlighting the need for preventative and rapid care.

“These awards are another proud moment for the Vidant Health system as it earns the recognition from AHA/ASA for providing the highest level of stroke care through its network of acute stroke ready hospitals, primary stroke centers and a comprehensive stroke center,” said Dr. Shailesh Male, stroke medical director at VMC. “This honor is a testament towards Vidant’s commitment to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.”

To speak with a Vidant neurologist for non-emergency care, call 252-816-9700. To find a heart and vascular provider, visit