11 North Shore-LIJ Hospitals Recognized for Outstanding Stroke Care

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Quality Achievement Award has been given to 11 North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals, recognizing their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus or Gold Quality Achievement Award, each hospital achieved 24 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all stroke performance achievement indicators.  These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tissue plasminogen activator (or tPA, a clot-busting drug), antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling.  All of those protocols are aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.  Gold Plus indicates hospitals that have met the Gold requirements and have shown adherence to several additional quality measures.

North Shore-LIJ hospitals received the following awards:

Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award:

Forest Hills Hospital
Glen Cove Hospital
Huntington Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital
LIJ Medical Center
North Shore University Hospital
Plainview Hospital
Southside Hospital
Staten Island University Hospital
Syosset Hospital

Gold Achievement Award:

Franklin Hospital

In addition, Forest Hills Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, LIJ Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Plainview Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital achieved “Target: Stroke” honor roll status, an additional campaign to improve outcomes of ischemic stroke patients, indicating the achievement of door-to-needle (DTN) times of 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of stroke cases for at least one year.  Shorter DTN times have been proven to improve outcomes. Through “Target: Stroke,” hospital teams can work toward eliminating delays and reducing long-term disability in stroke patients.

“With stroke, time lost is brain lost,” said Richard Libman, MD, chair of North Shore-LIJ’s stroke task force and chief of vascular neurology.  “The Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Quality Achievement Awards demonstrates that our highly trained physicians and nurses are committed to providing care that has been clinically proven to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients and save lives.”

As New York State-designated stroke centers, the 11 North Shore-LIJ hospitals have multidisciplinary stroke teams available 24 hours a day to assess and treat stroke patients.

For more information about Get With The Guidelines®, visit heart.org/quality.

About the North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with over 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of about 48,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to northshorelij.com.

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