Richmond University Medical Center Nationally Recognized For Top Stroke Treatment
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award demonstrates RUMC’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients
STATEN ISLAND, NY ― Richmond University Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. This marks the sixthconsecutive year that RUMC has been recognized with a quality achievement award and its first Elite Plus recognition. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on evidenced based guidelines,” said RUMC President and CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., LNHA, FACHE. “We are dedicated to continually improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines helps us achieve that goal.”.
“We are pleased to recognize Richmond University Medical Center for their commitment 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 length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Richmond University Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps the hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance..
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives. RUMC also received the association’s Target: 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. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five 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
About Richmond University Medical Center
Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is a 473-bed healthcare facility serving borough residents as a leader in the areas of surgery, gastroenterology, pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology, endocrinology, urology, oncology, orthopedics, surgery and maternal health. With over 2,000 employees, RUMC is one of the largest employers on Staten Island. Its main campus is located at 355 Bard Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310. RUMC also offers behavioral health services at its Bayley Seton campus located at 75 Vanderbilt Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10304. Both are easily accessible by public transportation
About Get With The Guidlines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityM