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Published on July 05, 2007

Abington Memorial Hospital's Stroke Program Earns Annual Performance Achievement Award

ABINGTON, PA (July 5, 2007) - Abington Memorial Hospital's Stroke Center was recently awarded the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association's Annual Performance Achievement Award.  The hospital has been recognized for meeting seven stringent standards of patient care set by these organizations under their "Get with the Guidelines" stroke program. A hospital is required to maintain 85 percent or greater compliance for one year to achieve this award. This is difficult to sustain and only a few Pennsylvania hospitals are being recognized for this accomplishment. 

Abington Memorial Hospital will join other national leaders in being recognized in an ad in the July 2007 "Best Hospitals" edition of U.S. News & World Report, as well as at the upcoming International Stroke Conference. The hospital will also be featured on the ASA website, and in advertisements in the American Heart Association's two journals, Circulation and ASA Stroke.  Abington Memorial Hospital has also received a gold standard award from JCAHO.

Abington's compliance of the American Stroke Association's seven performance indicators is as follows:

  1. 100 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients who arrive at the Emergency Department at the hospital within 120 minutes (two hours) of onset of stroke symptoms who receive IV t-PA within 180 minutes (three hours) of onset of stroke symptoms.
  2. 100 percent of ischemic stroke or TIA patients who receive antithrombotic medication within 48 hours of hospitalization.
  3. 100 percent of ischemic stroke or TIA patients discharged on antithrombotics (e.g., warfarin, aspirin, and other antiplatelet drug).
  4. 100 percent of ischemic stroke or TIA patients with atrial fibrillation who are discharged on anticoagulation therapy (warfarin/coumadin or heparin/heparinoids) unless an absolute or relative contraindication exist.
  5. 100 percent of patients at risk for DVT who received DVT prophylaxis by the second hospital day.
  6. 87 percent of ischemic stroke or TIA patients with LDL>100 mg/dL or on cholesterol reducer prior to admission who are discharged on cholesterol reducing medications.
  7. 100 percent of smokers who receive smoking cessation advice or medication (e.g., Nicoderm or Zyban) at discharge.

Abington Memorial Hospital is an independent, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 800 physicians and 5,000 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, maternal child health, orthopaedics and neurosurgery.

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