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St. John’s Strikes Gold

Posted on August 25, 2017

FAR ROCKAWAY, 2017—Friday, August 25, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes hospitals who achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines- Stroke standards for two or more consecutive years, in addition to achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with five out of eight quality measures.

As part of the Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus group, St. John’s met quality measures to reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and getting treated with the clot-busting drug, tPA, which treats ischemic strokes. The drug, which is the only one of its kind to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, assists in reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With the Guidelines program.”

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Nearly 800,000 people suffer from strokes each year, with someone dying of a stroke every four minutes, on average.

“We are extremely proud of our Emergency Department staff for doing their part to reduce the devastating effects of strokes on our patients, “said St. John’s CEO, Gerard Walsh. “We are looking forward to continuing to provide top-notch treatment.”

Congratulations to all who helped St. John’s maintain this standard!

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