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Mount St. Mary's earns quality designation for stroke treatment

by jmaloni


Tue, Nov 26th 2013 09:15 am

Listed in US News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has listed Mount St. Mary's Hospital for successfully implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality improvement program. Mount St. Mary's earned "Target Stroke Honor Roll" status.

To earn the designation, Mount St. Mary's has demonstrated at least 24 months of 85 percent or higher on all achievement measures. Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality improvement program created to ensure hospitals provide consistent care for heart and stroke patients using the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

With Get With the Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, stroke patients are started on aggressive therapies and medications that have been proven to improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

Mount St. Mary's is a New York State Designated Stroke Center. Dr. Gregory Sambuchi is chief of the stroke program at Mount St. Mary's. Other members of the stroke team include neurologists Dr. Baljinder Singh and Dr. Kenneth Halliwell, as well as the nurses and physicians in the emergency department.

"We are proud that the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has chosen the 'America's Best Hospitals' issue of US News & World Report to recognize Mount St. Mary's for our achievements in their quality improvement programs," said hospital President and CEO Judith Maness. "Get With The Guidelines gives our health care team the tools to enhance the treatment and care of our patients and to improve their outcomes."

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