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Published on October 08, 2013

Abington Memorial Hospital Recognized for Stroke Care

2013 Get With the Guidelines Gold PlusAbington, PA (October 8, 2013)—Abington Memorial Hospital has been recognized for successfully implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke quality improvement program.

Abington Memorial Hospital, a Gold Plus level recipient, is among 853 hospitals receiving a Get With the Guidelines–Stroke award this year. More than 1,000 hospitals received awards for their achievements in heart, stroke and resuscitation care. All recipients were featured in a special advertisement in the August issue of US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.”

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality improvement program created to ensure hospitals consistently care for heart and stroke patients using the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

With Get With the Guidelines–Stroke treatment guidelines, stroke patients are started on aggressive therapies and medications that can help improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

Abington Memorial Hospital also made the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for ensuring at least 50 percent of eligible stroke patients get prompt treatment to restore blood flow to the brain within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital – critical to limiting stroke damage.

“We are proud to be recognized for our achievements by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report,” said Dan Gzesh, MD, director, Diamond Stroke Center. “Get With The Guidelines gives our healthcare team the tools to enhance the treatment and care of our patients.”

Stroke is the No. 4 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. About 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year – one every 40 seconds.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and more than 5,600 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, neurosciences, orthopaedics, home health and maternal/child health.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality and heart.org/myhealthcare.

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