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CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs Earns National Recognition for Stroke Care

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs Earns National Recognition for Stroke Care
  • PublishedJuly 24, 2023


July 24, 2023

Coleman Swierc

Public Relations – CHRISTUS Health


CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs Earns National Recognition for Stroke Care 


(Sulphur Springs, Texas) – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Silver Plus achievement award. 


The recognition was awarded for the hospital’s commitment to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability. 
The hospital also earned the AHA’s Rural Stroke – Bronze recognition for exceeding acute stroke performance metrics for hospitals in rural communities. 
“Being recognized by the American Heart Association validates the exemplary stroke care that we are providing on a daily basis,” said Kala Anders, stroke program manager. “These achievements establish confidence within our community that we are dedicated to ensuring all patients have access to the best practices and life-saving care.” 


Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and accelerating recovery times. 

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients.  


“These distinctions show the great strides our facility has made in advancing quality, evidence-based stroke care, and has set us apart as a leader in the region for stroke care,” said Dr. Vikas Pandey, stroke program medical director.

The CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs stroke program is also accredited by The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center and as an acute stroke ready hospital.


About CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System 

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals – Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville, Winnsboro, and Sulphur Springs, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital – Tyler, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Encompass Health, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the multi-specialty medical group of CHRISTUS Health, with more than 1,300 clinicians representing over 300 locations serving Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. For more information on CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System services, visit  


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Chloe Kopal was born and raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She attended Sulphur Springs High School for 4 years and graduated in 2021. She was also a line member for the Blue Blazes Drill Team for 3 years. Chloe is the Digital Content Creator for Front Porch News. Her love for our community shows through her work. She is very passionate about photography and has been ever since the first time she picked up a camera many years ago.