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Lenox Hill Hospital Receives Silver Performance Award from the American Stroke Association for Implementing Quality Stroke Care

Lenox Hill Hospital has been recognized by the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines SM (GWTG) program for its performance achievement in stroke patient care.

The award recognizes Lenox Hill’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“This award is a tribute to the excellence of our emergency department, neurologists and nursing staff.  High quality, effective care for patients suffering from stroke requires rapid assessment and immense cooperation among hospital personnel, something we proudly offer here at Lenox Hill Hospital. ” said Steven Pacia, MD, Director of Neurology.

The American Stroke Associations’ GWTG is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals ensure that patients consistently receive stroke care in accordance with the most current guidelines and recommendations.

Hospitals are recognized for performance achievement if at least 85 percent of their stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Stroke Association’s guidelines and recommendations.

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.