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SJRMC Receives Gold Award for Stroke

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goldawardforstorkePATERSON, NJ [February 11, 2009]- St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Paterson, NJ has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award for its achievement in implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) "Get With The Guidelines" (GWTG) quality initiatives for Stroke.

This most recent award makes St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center 1 of only 5 hospitals nationwide, and the only hospital in New Jersey and the tri-state area, to be recognized with GWTG Gold Awards in all three categories of cardiovascular patient care - Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke, and Heart Failure.

 

According to GWTG treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as tPA, antithrombotics and DVT prophylaxis. St. Joseph's offers a spectrum of leading edge stroke services that include education for employees, patients and the community, rapid diagnosis and treatment services by our specialty trained stroke team, a dedicated Stroke Unit within the Medical Center, and rehabilitative therapy services both at the Medical Center and the Acute Rehabilitation Center located at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital.

 

This accomplishment signifies that SJRMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines and recommendations.

 

"The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline recommended therapy is a critical step in reducing death and disability of stroke patients," said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, National Chairman of the GWTG Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. "The goal of the AHA/ASA's "Get With The Guidelines" program is to help hospitals like St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce the number of deaths in these patients and in their communities. St. Joseph's has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments."

 

"The St. Joseph's Healthcare team is fully committed to lessening and preventing further brain damage by providing acute intervention to stroke patients using advanced medical therapies, neuroradiological techniques, pharmaceutical treatments, and rehabilitative techniques as well as offering general education to the community regarding stroke symptoms and treatments," said Robert Amoruso, MD, Chairman, Medicine, SJRMC.

 

"We will continue in our efforts to build on the success achieved with continued implementation of this valuable program," he added. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements."

 

This most recent award makes St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center the only hospital in New Jersey to be recognized with GWTG Gold Awards in all three categories of cardiovascular patient care - Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke, and Heart Failure.

 

According to GWTG treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as tPA, antithrombotics and DVT prophylaxis. St. Joseph's offers a spectrum of leading edge stroke services that include education for employees, patients and the community, rapid diagnosis and treatment services by our specialty trained stroke team, a dedicated Stroke Unit within the Medical Center, and rehabilitative therapy services both at the Medical Center and the Acute Rehabilitation Center located at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital.

 

This accomplishment signifies that SJRMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines and recommendations.

 

"The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline recommended therapy is a critical step in reducing death and disability of stroke patients," said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, National Chairman of the GWTG Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. "The goal of the AHA/ASA's "Get With The Guidelines" program is to help hospitals like St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce the number of deaths in these patients and in their communities. St. Joseph's has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments."

 

"The St. Joseph's Healthcare team is fully committed to lessening and preventing further brain damage by providing acute intervention to stroke patients using advanced medical therapies, neuroradiological techniques, pharmaceutical treatments, and rehabilitative techniques as well as offering general education to the community regarding stroke symptoms and treatments," said Robert Amoruso, MD, Chairman, Medicine, SJRMC.

 

"We will continue in our efforts to build on the success achieved with continued implementation of this valuable program," he added. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements."

 

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