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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Earns Stroke Care Honors

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 with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.    

Hospitals receiving the award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 consecutive months. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to seven out of ten stroke quality measures during the 12-month period.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Lourdes earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Dr. Mandy Binning, medical director of Lourdes’ Stroke program and neurosurgeon with Drexel Neurosciences Institute. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. Lourdes continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. This recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Our Lady of Lourdes for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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About Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

For more than six decades, Our Lady of Lourdes 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. For more information, visit www.lourdesnet.org.

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.

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