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Orange Regional Medical Center Earns Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

May 26, 2016

American Heart Association recognizes Orange Regional’s commitment to quality stroke care

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Orange Regional 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 quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Jonathan Schiller, Chief Operating Officer of Orange Regional Medical Center. “Orange Regional continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Orange Regional for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health. As a designated Stroke Center, Orange Regional has an expert Stroke Team comprised of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke patients quickly and effectively minimizing brain damage. Quick access to expert stroke services within the first three hours of stroke symptoms appearing is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.

Signs and symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in or of both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache (with no known cause)

To learn more about the stroke services provided at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/Stroke

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