Cleveland Clinic Hospitals Receive National Recognition For Stroke Care


Union Hospital caregivers receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award" recently.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, CLEVELAND: Cleveland Clinic's main campus Comprehensive Stroke Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Stroke award, as well as the Target: Stroke Elite Plus recognition.

In addition, seven other hospitals in the Cleveland Clinic health system – Akron General, Medina Hospital, Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Marymount Hospital, Union Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Florida – have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

These achievements recognize Cleveland Clinic's commitment and success in implementing the highest standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“This recognition from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association reflect the efforts of our medical teams and their dedication to our patients,” said Andrew Russman, D.O., medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Stroke Program. “Time is crucial with stroke and every second counts, delivering fast and effective therapies to our patients is our priority every day.”

These hospitals earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Our teams work 24 hours a day alongside EMS and other stroke centers to deliver the best possible care, resulting in the best outcomes,” said Shazam Hussain, M.D., director of the Cerebrovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic. “Achievements like this, motivate us to keep striving to be better and improve the outcomes and quality of life for every stroke patient.”

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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Cleveland Clinic has one of the highest stroke-related patient volumes in North America, with more than 3,200 visits annually. High patient volumes allow our specialists to have vast experience with stroke patients, which results in a team solely dedicated to the comprehensive care and management of strokes.

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