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St. Francis Hospital Receives Two Top National Awards for Stroke Care Yet Again

18 June, 2019

ROSLYN, NY, June 17, 2019- St. Francis Hospital has once again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Elite and Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

St. Francis earned a Gold Plus by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.


The Hospital additionally received the association’s StrokeSM Elite/Target award. To qualify for this recognition, 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.

“This latest recognition is a reflection of our dedication to enhancing the quality of care for our stroke patients,” said Charles L. Lucore, M.D., MBA, President of St. Francis Hospital. “The tools and resources provided by this initiative help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Contact: Rosemary Gomez, 516-563-7965,