St. Francis Makes Honor Roll for Providing “Gold Plus” Standard for Stroke Care
ROSLYN, NY – St. Francis Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
This is the sixth year in a row the hospital has received the national recognition for providing premium stroke care. Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. St. Francis earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Ronald J. Gulotta, MD, vice president, medical affairs, and medical director at St. Francis. “Our hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. This latest recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, the program has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.