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Lenox Hill Hospital Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

May 13, 2013

Lenox Hill Hospital Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award 
Lenox Hill Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement 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.

“Clinical studies have demonstrated that people that suffer a stroke have a better outcome after being taken care of by an experienced and knowledgeable team,” said Rafael Ortiz, MD, Director of the Center for Stroke and Neuro-Endovascular Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. “This award and recognition is a testament of Lenox Hill Hospital’s dedication to offer the best care. We are extremely proud of our comprehensive and interdisciplinary stroke team’s commitment.”

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.

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.