Mount St. Mary's Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke" Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mount St. Mary'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. Mount St. Mary's has been designated as a stroke center by the New York State Department of Health.
"Time is extremely important in dealing with a stroke, and the stroke team at Mount St. Mary's has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and providing effective treatment to stroke patients admitted to our emergency department quickly," said Dr. Gregory D. Sambuchi, head of MSM's division of neurology. "We are honored to be recognized for our efforts in bettering the care and treatment of stroke patients by the American Heart and American Stroke associations."
According to the AHA/ASA, to receive the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award, Mount St. Mary's consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke" program for 12 consecutive months with 85 percent or higher adherence to all performance achievement indicators and 75 percent or higher compliance with five of nine stroke quality measures to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes. These include aggressive use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation.