NYU Langone Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Care Center Receives American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Award for Fourth Consecutive Year
Stroke is the Number Four Cause of Death in the United States
NYU Langone Medical Center is honored to again receive the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines -Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for adhering to specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of stroke patients. The evidence-based guidelines, including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies, have been implemented to speed recovery and reduce death and disparity for stroke patients.
According to the American Stroke Association (a division of the American Heart Association), stroke is the number four cause of death 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.
“We are thrilled that for four years in a row our team of specialists has been recognized by achieving the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award,” said Albert Favate, MD, assistant professor of neurology, division chief of vascular neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center. “This important award from the AHA affirms our strong, ongoing commitment to providing rapid diagnosis, immediate and effective intervention, and early rehabilitation to ensure the best outcomes for stroke patients.”
The NYU Langone Comprehensive Stroke Care Center is composed of a multidisciplinary team that integrates all departmental services at the Medical Center to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. The team is committed to delivering rapid diagnosis, the latest care in acute stroke treatment, aggressive strategies for risk factor reduction, and modern rehabilitation therapies. Additionally, the Stroke Care Center is devoted to advancing academic medicine through stroke research and preparing the next generation of care providers.
The Get With The Guidelines’ quality achievement awards program was created to help ensure continuous quality improvement of acute stroke treatment and ischemic stroke prevention. The Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award is bestowed upon hospitals that demonstrate an 85 percent adherence or higher to the key quality measures for 12 consecutive months. In addition, Gold Plus hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to 7 out of 10 stroke quality measures during the 12-month period. Quality measures include aggressive use of medications such as tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) to help minimize brain cell death, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis, as well as cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.
NYU Langone was also named one of the top ten hospitals nationally for its neurology and neurosurgery programs in the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. And, since 1989, Rusk Rehabilitation, which provides rehabilitation services for stroke patients, has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten rehabilitation programs in the nation and number one in New York.
Deborah (DJ) Haffeman