WMMC Awarded for Work to Eliminate Rural Health Disparities

Warrensburg, MO (July 6, 2023)
— For efforts to improve stroke care and eliminate rural health disparities, Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Rural Recognition Bronze award.

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, recognizes that people in rural areas face a unique set of challenges to accessing health care and that rural hospitals must work with varied patient care dynamics. Rural hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke are eligible to receive award recognition focused on a unique set of performance metrics.

“We are proud that our team at WMMC is being recognized for the important work we do every day to improve the lives of people in our community who are affected by stroke, giving them the best possible chance of recovery and survival,” said Darinda Dick, WMMC President/CEO. “Meeting the unique needs of our community is critical to improving health outcomes.”

“Having a designated stroke center in this community means having the resources to treat stroke patients extremely fast,” said Alyssa Masters, the Clinical Nurse Coordinator of WMMC’s Emergency Department and Time Critical Diagnosis Registered Nurse. “Being specifically trained to identify stroke-like symptoms and having the resources to treat them is vital to this community.”

For more information, visit heart.org/ruralrecognition.


About Western Missouri Medical Center
Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is a fully-accredited acute care county medical center located in Warrensburg, MO. WMMC prides itself in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedic and general surgery, family healthcare, internal medicine, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services and more. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive, obstetrical, orthopedic, pediatric and skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic outpatient services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.