FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2014
HHC’s Elmhurst Hospital Center Honored With
“Gold Plus” Award for Excellence in Stroke Care
Hospital ranked among the best facilities in the nation for providing
care to stroke patients
Elmhurst, NY – Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC), part of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC), has been awarded the “Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award” by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award is given to hospitals that successfully implement specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of stroke patients.
The Association also named Elmhurst Hospital to its “Stroke Honor Roll” for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
“Elmhurst Hospital Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award helps us achieve that goal,” said Chris Constantino, Senior Vice President of the Queens Health Network and Executive Director of EHC. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally, respected clinical guidelines.”
“This achievement reflects the continuous efforts to improve stroke care for our patients by a team of dedicated physicians, nurses, and support staff,” said Gordon Cantor, MD, EHC’s Associate Attending Director of Neurology. “This award reinforces EHC’s commitment to providing a level of stroke care that ranks among the best hospitals in the country."
EHC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“We are pleased to recognize Elmhurst Hospital Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day re-admission rates, and reduce disparity gaps in care.”
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. Patients seeking more information about Elmhurst Hospital Center should call (718) 334-4000.