WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains Hospital once again has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The award recognizes the hospital’s success ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
For providers, Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke offers quality improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall health care costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.
For patients, Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke uses the “teachable moment” -- the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.
White Plains Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduces the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
“This award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Margaret Crilly, RN, coordinator of White Plains Hospital’s Stroke Program. “White Plains Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”
The Ruth & Jerome A. Siegel Regional Stroke Center at White Plains Hospital has been designated as a Regional Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health, a distinction that demonstrates the hospital’s ability to diagnose and treat strokes using a highly specialized medical stroke team.
“We are pleased to recognize White Plains Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of interventional cardiovascular programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.