FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
ALBANY, NY – October 2, 2013 – Albany Memorial Hospital – an affiliate of St. Peter’s Health Partners, the region’s largest and most comprehensive health system – has been recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association with the 2013 Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Program is a quality improvement program designed to help hospitals to develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The web-based patient management tool features best practice discharge protocols and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s GWTG-Stroke Program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwann, MD, chair of the GWTG National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Albany Memorial Hospital’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”
“We always strive to provide the best possible care for our patients so we are very pleased to be recognized for our efforts in the stroke program,” stated Glen Cooper, executive director of Albany Memorial Hospital. “I am extremely proud of our dedicated team of physicians and nurses to ancillary support staff in our emergency department and stroke units who all work together to achieve the gold plus level of success and provide quality care for our patients.”
According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program, please visit heart.org/quality.
St. Peter’s Health Partners was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality, advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. These state-of-the-art services and programs are provided through Albany Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany; Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy; Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady; as well as The Eddy system of continuing care and The Community Hospice. The new organization has 12,500 employees at more than 165 locations in seven counties of northeastern New York. St. Peter’s Health Partners is the region’s largest private employer and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. For more information, please visit www.SPHP.com.
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