Press Release

Mercy Medical Center Honored With Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

October 23rd, 2014

Rockville Centre, NY  – According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability 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.

In recognition of its ongoing commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, Mercy Medical Center earned its third consecutive Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Mercy earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

 “This recognition reflects Mercy’s mission to provide superb care and to do so with compassion,” said Aaron E. Glatt, MD, executive vice president and chief administrative office of Mercy Medical Center. “With this award, Mercy demonstrates its commitment to ensure that our patients receive quality care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

Get With The Guidelines—Stroke assists Mercy’s staff in implementing prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to better manage their risk factors, to know warning signs for stroke and ensuring patients take their medications properly.

Mercy earned an “A” for patient safety in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety ScoreSM in 2014. In 2013, it was ranked a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, based on 2012 data. Also, Mercy was named one of the 100 Great Community Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review in 2013 and has earned the Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Mercy earned the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, and was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.