NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital 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 commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital adhered to a variety of quality-of-care initiatives over a two year period. These measures include use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and integrating smoking cessation-all aimed at improving outcomes for stroke patients.
“Given that stroke is the leading cause of adult disabilities, it is imperative that we not only treat stroke patients aggressively and efficiently, but that we educate them about their risk-factors as they recover,” says Dr. Steven J. Corwin, CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “NewYork-Presbyterian is honored to be receiving this prestigious award and we are committed to continuing our leadership role in the provision of high quality, compassionate care for stroke patients.”
The “Get With The Guidelines–Stroke” program emphasizes patient education during the “teachable moment” — the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Patient education materials specifically geared toward an individual’s risk profile are made available at the point of discharge. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. 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.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation’s largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,409 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including 12,797 deliveries and 195,294 visits to its emergency departments. NewYork-Presbyterian’s 6,144 affiliated physicians and 19,376 staff provide state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation’s leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, visit www.nyp.org.