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.
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Sept. 22, 2011 - PRLog -- The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded South Nassau Communities Hospital with a Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes South Nassau’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

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-reducing drugs and smoking cessation.  The twelve-month evaluation period is the second in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level that is needed to sustain the Silver Quality Achievement Award.

“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/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.  Recognizable symptoms of stroke include:

·                      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’ guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.  The program provides customized patient education materials, both in English and Spanish, which are made available vqzai to patients upon discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.

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” in treating stroke, South Nassau provides:

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
Community education

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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-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visit
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