Lenox Hill Hospital recently received the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award and was also named to its Stroke Honor Roll for their 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.
Lenox Hill Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
“Being named to the stroke honor roll is an amazing achievement. This means that 50% or more of our patients receive clot-busting medications in less than 60 minutes from the time they arrive at our hospital. Lenox Hill Hospital is one of only five hospitals in Manhattan to be on the Honor Roll,” said Steven Pacia, MD, Director of Neurology.
The American Stroke Associations’ “Get With The Guidelines”, 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.