Lehigh Valley, Pa.,
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Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg Receive Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

LVH–Cedar Crest also cited with Target: StrokeSM Elite award;American Heart Association Award recognizes commitment to quality stroke care

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest and LVH–Muhlenberg both have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

LVH–Cedar Crest and LVH–Muhlenberg 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 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.

“Timely use of advanced stroke treatments has been shown to impact the quality of life for people who experience stroke,” said Yevgeny Isayev, MD, Vascular Neurologist and LVHN’s Stroke Program Medical Director. “As stroke leaders in the field, we are always on the frontline leading development and implementation of new processes to improve how quickly we are able to treat stroke."

LVH–Cedar Crest additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, 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, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

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.

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 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.