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August
2020
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15:32 PM
America/New_York

Lehigh Valley Health Network Stroke Care is Good as Gold for More Than a Decade

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awards campuses across Lehigh Valley Health Network.

BY KATIE CAVENDER

Campuses across Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) have gone gold again, receiving gold plus awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The Get with The Guidelines® Awards recognize an organization’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. For more than a decade, LVHN hospital campuses have received gold plus awards and we are happy to announce that this year is no different. Multiple LVHN hospitals were awarded:

  • Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)Cedar Crest

    • Stroke Gold Plus Target: Honor Roll Elite

    • Stroke Gold Plus Target: Advanced Therapy Honor Roll

    • Stroke Gold Plus Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

  • LVHMuhlenberg

    • Stroke Gold Plus – Target: Honor Roll Elite

    • Stroke Gold Plus – Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

  • LVH–Hazleton

    • Stroke Gold Plus – Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

  • LVH–Pocono

    • Stroke Gold Plus – Target: Stroke Honor Roll

  • LVHSchuylkill

    • Stroke Silver Achievement Award

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.

Advanced stroke care

In October 2012, LVH–Cedar Crest became the first stroke center in Pennsylvania, and one of the first in the United States, to earn advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This means they offer the highest standard of care for stroke and it recognizes our expert staff and their advanced training in treating patients with complex strokes.

LVH–Muhlenberg, LVH–Hazleton, LVH–Schuylkill and LVH–Pocono are all certified Primary Stroke Centers. A Primary Stroke Center is a hospital that has developed special procedures to rapidly diagnose and treat a stroke emergency.

About Get With The Guidelines

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 9 million patients since 2001.

For more information about the Get With the Guidelines® awards, read the LVHN Press Release.