Find a Doctor

You can search our online directory of physicians by specialty, last name, zip code or city/town by clicking here

For Information

1-888-LOURDES

News

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Earns Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines ®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Lourdes earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Lourdes also received the association’s Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer a severe disability.

“Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke program helps us achieve that goal,” said Rajat Kumar, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the stroke program at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. “With this award, Lourdes demonstrates a strong commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H.,  national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines also helps Lourdes’ staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.

###

 About Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a regional referral center, known for providing the most sophisticated levels of care. For more than six decades, the medical center has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of southern New Jersey’s residents, particularly those most in need.   The 325-bed teaching hospital offers many specialty services, including Lourdes Cardiology, one of the largest providers of cardiac services in Delaware Valley, recognized consistently by Healthgrades for cardiac and stroke care; the Regional Perinatal Center for high-risk mothers and infants; the Lourdes Regional Rehabilitation Center; and the Center for Organ Transplantation. Lourdes is the only hospital in New Jersey approved to perform kidney, pancreas and liver transplants. It is also the only hospital in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware ever to have been awarded the American Hospital Association’s top honor for excellence in community outreach services.

 

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines ® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.   Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

Social Invitations

Facebook Twitter Youtube

Follow Lourdes on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the latest news and events.

Healthtalk Online

Sign up now to be added to our e-mail list to get breaking health information and other updates from us.

Sign up

Volunteer Information

We invite you to share your time and skills with us as a volunteer.

Read more