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On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Pikeville Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award. This is also the fourth year in a row that PMC has earned the recognition of Target: Stroke Elite. Cynthia Keeley, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement at Get With the Guidelines, talked about the significance of the program for this region. Pikeville Medical Center CEO Donovan Blackburn discussed how this program aids the hospital in being recognized as a regional medical center. Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Stroke Program Director at PMC, spoke on the hospitals abilities to provide better for stroke patients. Dale Morton, emergency room nursing supervisor, said the stroke center helps patients to get back to their community more quickly. And CEO Blackburn stated how appreciative the hospital is for the recognition.