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May 10, 2013
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate receives top performance awards for treating stroke and heart failure patients

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate University Hospital is distinguished as the only hospital in the Central New York region to receive both of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus & Target Stroke Honor Roll and Get With The Guidelines®- Gold Plus Heart Failure Achievement Awards.

This is the third consecutive year that Upstate has received the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the Get With The Guidelines® program. It is also the second consecutive year that Upstate has been recognized for achieving the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations’ Target Stroke Honor Roll.

To receive the Stroke Gold Plus Awards, Upstate achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality & Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotic, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke Gold Plus award, Upstate University Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Over the past 12 months, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

For the second year in a row, Upstate has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

To receive the Heart Failure Gold Plus from the American Heart Association, Upstate reported 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and have achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance with four or more Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

“The Gold Plus awards for stroke and heart failure, in addition to our being named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, recognizes Upstate’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke and heart failure patients, according to evidence-based guidelines,” said John McCabe, M.D., chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke and heart failure patients with evidence-based protocols, increasing the likelihood of better clinical outcomes for these patients.”

Upstate University Hospital will be recognized for their awards in a number of ways. It will be highlighted on the American Heart Association’s Hospital Quality Map. Recognition at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions will also be featured in the Get With The Guidelines® layout in the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals issue.

Included among Upstate’s distinctions are:

• Upstate was the first hospital in Syracuse to be recognized as a New York state-designated stroke center and is the first in New York to be certified as a primary stroke center by the DNV accrediting agency.

• Upstate Stroke Center was CNY’s first designated stroke center with the region’s only specialized neuroscience step-down and neuroscience intensive care unit.

• The Upstate Stroke Center is top-rated by Health Grades. Visit the Upstate Stroke Center for more information on Upstate’s accolades and stroke treatment options.

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