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Five Allegheny Health Network Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital and Saint Vincent Hospital are Tops in Annual American Heart Association / American Stroke Association Awards

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Five Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hospitals have received national recognition for their commitment and success in delivering excellent, evidence-based care for stroke patients. Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley, Forbes, Jefferson and Saint Vincent hospitals each earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in this year’s American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® achievement awards.

Get With The Guidelines puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Hospitals are recognized with achievement awards – Bronze, Silver, Silver Plus, Gold, or Gold Plus – for their success in using Get With The Guidelines-Stroke to improve quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients.

Each of the five AHN hospitals has been awarded at the highest level for reaching an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA/ASA for 24 consecutive months. In addition, these hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to seven out of the 10 stroke quality measures.

“We are extremely pleased that five AHN hospitals have been recognized with the Stroke Gold Plus award. With many of them having received this award consecutively now for several years, it is testament to AHN’s continued commitment to high-quality stroke care that leads to exceptional outcomes for our patients,” said Ashis Tayal, MD, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at AGH and Co-Director of the AHN Cerebrovascular Center.

Established in 2016, the AHN Cerebrovascular Center encompasses the full spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitative care of patients with stroke. AHN’s cerebrovascular services are provided at AGH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Advanced Primary Stroke Centers at Forbes, Jefferson, Saint Vincent and West Penn hospitals. The Network’s Cerebrovascular Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of board-certified stroke neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-endovascular and rehabilitation specialists with expertise in stroke.

The AHA/ASA also named AGH and Forbes Hospital to the ‘Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite’ for achieving time to thrombolytic therapy in one hour or less in 75 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. 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.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.