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

stroke award 2008Lenox Hill Hospital recently received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award.  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.

“By consistently scoring well on quality indicators for 12 consecutive months, Lenox Hill Hospital’s stroke program has demonstrated its commitment to excellence,” said Steven Pacia, MD Director of Neurology.  “Because great stroke treatment requires the enormous effort and cooperation of so many hospital services, it also serves as an excellent indicator of Lenox Hill's quality of care in general.”

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations’ GWTG is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals insure 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 Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s guidelines and recommendations.

 “The time is right for Lenox Hill to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said  Roger Bonomo, MD, Director of Stroke Care at Lenox Hill Hospital. 

According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke — 500,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent. Of stroke survivors, 21 percent of men and 24 percent of women die within a year, and for those aged 65 and older, the percentage is even higher.