FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2014
Bellevue Hospital Center Recognized with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care
(New York-December 23, 2014) HHC Bellevue Hospital Center has been recognized with a Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award was given to Bellevue Hospital for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined for the treatment of stroke patients.
"We are honored to accept this award and we are confident that we will advance to the Gold level. We have a solid infrastructure in place and great administrative support, which is an essential component of achieving goals of excellence in stroke care. I am very proud of our team," said Albert Favate, MD, Medical Director Stroke Unit, Bellevue Hospital Center/Division Chief Vascular Neurology NYU School of Medicine.
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program 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. Bellevue 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 proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
"We are pleased to recognize Bellevue 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 and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and 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 readmission 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.