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Orange Regional Medical Center Receives Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

September 22, 2011

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. The award recognizes Orange Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

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 made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke patients quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques, to minimize brain damage. Having quick access to these types of services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, a designated stroke center must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals. Additionally, they must achieve 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.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Orange Regional’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing, aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Vice-President of Medical Affairs Jim Oxley, DO.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Center, call 1-800-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


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