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Mount St. Mary's receives Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for stroke care

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Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:30 pm

Award demonstrates Mount St. Mary's commitment to quality care for stroke patients

Mount St. Mary's Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mount St. Mary's commitment and success in implementing care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

Mount St. Mary's is a New York state-designated Stroke Center.

To receive the award, Mount St. Mary's achieved adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications to reduce the potential for blood clots, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, as well as cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Mount St. Mary's commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care," said hospital President and CEO Judith A. Maness, FACHE. "We will continue with our focus on providing evidence-based care, i.e., care that has been shown in scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with proven protocols."

Maness credited the leadership of Dr. Gregory Sambuchi, chief of neurology and director of the hospital's stroke care program, and experienced former critical care nurses Rosanne Schiavi and Linda Stevens for leading the hospital's efforts.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association states stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the U.S. 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.

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