Mercy Medical Center Recognized Again For Excellence In Stroke Care
Hospital Receives Second Consecutive
(October 4, 2012 - RockvilleCentre, NY) - In continuing recognition of its commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, Mercy Medical Center has received its second consecutive
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that enables healthcare teams to save more lives and reduce healthcare costs by following evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.
"Mercy Medical Center is one of only a small percentage of hospitals across the country to receive this prestigious award" commented Dr. Aaron E. Glatt, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the hospital. "This recognition reflects the dual mission of the hospital to provide the highest quality care and to do so with compassion and caring."
To receive the award Mercy achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of ten Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures.
Those measures include aggressive use of medications, anticoagulation therapy, prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation - all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Mercy also is a New York State-Designated Stroke Center with a dedicated multidisciplinary Stroke Team that includes emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, vascular surgeons, and rehabilitation specialists. Stroke Center designation indicates that Mercy's team meets nationally-recognized criteria for a strict protocol or program of care for patients presenting with symptoms of stroke with a rapid, definitive treatment plan.
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