11 North Shore-LIJ Hospitals Recognized for Outstanding Stroke Care

Souhel Najjar
Dr. Souhel Najjar

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 Quality Achievement Award, each hospital achieved 24 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all stroke performance achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of the eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.  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

Franklin 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

In addition, Forest Hills Hospital and North Shore University Hospital achieved “Target: Stroke-Elite Plus” honor roll status, an additional campaign which began in January 2015 to improve outcomes of ischemic stroke patients. To receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus award, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with 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. Over 12 months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving and at least 50 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 45 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time).

Plainview Hospital, Southside Hospital and Syosset Hospital received “Target: Stroke Elite” honor roll status. Glen Cove Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, LIJ Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital all received “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” recognition.

“The Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Quality Achievement Awards demonstrates that our highly trained physicians and nurses throughout the North Shore-LIJ Health System are committed to providing care that has been clinically proven to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients and save lives,” said Souhel Najjar, MD, senior vice president and executive director, North Shore-LIJ’s neurology service line.

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 CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 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 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

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