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Harrison earns the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award - 11/15/2013

BREMERTON, WA – Harrison Medical Center’s stroke care program has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. Harrison earned this award for meeting established national benchmarks in stroke patient care for 12 consecutive months. In addition, Harrison has achieved a place on the AHA/ASA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for rapid stroke treatment in the Emergency Department.

“This award reflects Harrison’s continued success to ensure our patients receive exceptional stroke care,” said Scott Bosch, President and CEO of Harrison Medical Center. “Throughout the hospital, our clinical care teams collaborated to meet the rigorous standards in emergency stroke response and recovery. I’m especially proud of not just the award, but what it represents for our community, and that is exceptional stroke care when moments count.”

Washington State recognizes Harrison as a level II stroke center for having the necessary staffing, infrastructure, and processes in place to stabilize and treat most acute strokes. As the region’s leader in stroke intervention and recovery, we offer services that demonstrate best practices in stroke care, such as:

  • a partnership between emergency medical service providers and Harrison’s emergency, pharmacy, and radiology departments that provides for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, 24-hour consultation with a local neurologist, and access to the University of Washington’s UW Telestroke program,
  • assessment by experts in occupational, physical, and speech therapy who also have advanced training in stroke rehabilitation,
  • a stroke unit staffed with caregivers—such as Nicholaus Morris, RN, one of the first nurses in the state to receive certification in stroke nursing—who have the additional training and heart to care for the complex stroke patient, and
  • an active Stroke Support group for stroke survivors, their families, and caregivers.

This accomplishment reflects Harrison’s commitment to providing exceptional healthcare to our patients to help them prevent and recover from stroke.


Harrison Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization offering medical, surgical, and emergency services at five locations-Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Belfair, and Poulsbo-to serve the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. We are part of the Franciscan Health System family of services. To learn about Harrison's many healthcare services, call 866-844-WELL or visit . To learn more about Franciscan, visit