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Richmond University Medical Center Recognized For Commitment to Quality Stroke Care

June 20, 2019 – Richmond University Medical Center’s stroke care program received another major recognition this week when the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awarded the hospital its Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

To earn the award, Richmond University Medical Center met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures included evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments as well as ensuring stroke care practices at the hospital were in alignment with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. The award also recognizes the hospital’s commitment to follow-up care including providing patients with education on managing their health, and scheduling a follow-up visit before their discharge.

The added distinction of “Target: Stroke Elite Plus” is in recognition of quality measures the hospital has also implemented to reduce the time between a stroke patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment using the clot-busting tissue plasminogen activator, or TPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

The award comes a month after the hospital also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. To achieve this certification, Joint Commission experts evaluated the medical center’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.

In early April, the hospital also unveiled its new stroke mechanical thrombectomy sub-specialty program. The procedure involves the use of a special device threaded through the blood vessels to the site of the stroke-causing blood clot in the brain. The device grabs the clot and removes it, restoring blood flow to brain tissue. Several successful procedures have already been performed by the hospital’s neurology department.

“The recognitions and awards our stroke program has received coupled with the recent successful procedures involving our new thrombectomy program are proof that the most advanced stroke care available is being delivered here on Staten Island,” president and chief executive officer Dr. Daniel J. Messina said. “It is also testament to the high level of quality and personalized care provided by our neurology department.”

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 in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and almost 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines.