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The American Stroke Association Recognizes AHN Hospitals for Leading Stroke Care

Friday, July 12, 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) has recognized five Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hospitals for the high quality of their stroke programs. Allegheny General (AGH), Forbes, Jefferson and Saint Vincent hospital each received the AHA/ASA Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award while Allegheny Valley hospital earned the Silver Plus Achievement Award.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke is a national program intended to improve quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Hospitals are recognized with achievement awards for their success in meeting these protocols which in turn improves patient outcomes and reduces the number of recurring events.

“At AHN we take great pride in the exceptional care that our programs provide to stroke patients and it is extremely gratifying to be recognized year after year by the AHA and ASA for those efforts,” said Ashis Tayal, MD, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at AGH and Co-Director of the AHN Cerebrovascular Center.

AHN’s stroke programs are all integrated into the AHN Cerebrovascular Center, which provides a full spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitative care of patients who experience a stroke. Established in 2016, the Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified stroke neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-endovascular and rehabilitation specialists, and specially trained nurses with expertise in stroke.

The AHA/ASA Gold Plus Achievement Award is given to hospitals that have an 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined be AHA and ASA for two consecutive calendar years.

AGH, Forbes and Saint Vincent hospitals were also recognized with Target Honor Stroke Roll, AGH earning Elite Plus and Forbes earning Elite designations. Honor roll designations specifically recognize a hospital’s ability to improve patient outcomes by looking at the time from when a patient arrives at the hospital to when they receive clot dissolving thrombolytic therapy, as well as how often that time is achieved in applicable patient populations –less than 60 or 45 minutes for Elite and Elite Plus, respectively.

“The greatest reward will always be the trust patients and their families place in us to take care of them in their time of need,” said Patty Noah, Administrative Director of the AHN Stroke Program. “Our work with the AHA/ASA only reinforces the commitment we have to providing leading stroke care that has a positive impact on the lives of those who are admitted to our programs.”

According to the CDC, every year, more than 795,000 people across the country have a stroke, killing roughly 140,000. Every four minutes, someone dies of a stroke and it’s the leading cause of serious long-term disability.

For more information on AHN’s stroke program, visit