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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Awards South Nassau for Quality Stroke Care
To earn the award, South Nassau achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85% or higher adherence to all Stroke Performance Achievement indicators and at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with 5 of 9 Stroke Quality Measures.
To earn the Silver Quality Achievement Award, South Nassau achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators and at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with 5 of 9 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
The performance achievement indicators and quality measures include appropriate use of medications like antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep-vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol-
“At South Nassau, the patients and communities we serve come first in all that we do,” said Linda Efferen, M.D., chief medical officer. “Therefore, performance improvement and raising our high standards is ongoing so that we fulfill our promise to be the best place to receive healthcare.”
According to the American Heart Association/
· Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body;
· Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech;
· Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;
· Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination;
· Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
Get With The Guidelines Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’
South Nassau Communities Hospital is designated a regional Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health. Including highly skilled, board-certified physicians “with expertise” or “experienced”
Rapid assessment of patients with stroke symptoms
On-site new generation CT scanner
Aggressive treatment using advanced therapies and procedures
Comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care throughout hospitalization
Nurses with special training in stroke care
Stroke support group
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South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 2,900 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-