NYU Langone Medical Center Receives “Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award

Award Demonstrates NYU Langone’s Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients

May 20, 2011 - 12:06pm

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today it received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines® –Stroke Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes NYU Langone’s commitment and success in providing quality care for patients who have had a 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.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to provide aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Robert I Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone Medical Center. “We put our patients at the center of all we do and are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts in delivering the highest level of stroke care.”

To receive the award, the Medical Center has to achieve an 85 percent or higher adherence to all “Get With The Guidelines” indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieve a 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 measures, all of which are accepted standard of stroke care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“NYU Langone Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

The “Get With The Guidelines” program uses the “teachable moment” concept to counsel patients soon after a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. 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.

The program also includes customized patient education materials based on patients’ individual risk profiles that are made available at the time of discharge. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the “Get With The Guidelines” Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science. 

NYU Langone Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke Care Center was also the first stroke center in Manhattan certified by the New York State Department of Health as a primary stroke center based on its outstanding efforts in stroke prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and research. This designation, awarded to hospitals trained and equipped to provide patients with the swiftest possible treatment for stroke, means that New York City's Emergency Medical Service is mandated to bring suspected stroke victims located within a 20-minute drive to NYU Langone Medical Center. The center also focuses on public education programs to identify individuals at risk of stroke, such as those who smoke, have hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

For more information on NYU Langone Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke Care Center, please visit http://www.med.nyu.edu/strokecenter/. Additionally, information specific to the "Get With The Guidelines" program can be obtained at http://www.strokeassociation.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3002728.


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