AHA Recognizes UR Medicine for Excellence in Stroke Care
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized UR Medicine’s Comprehensive Stroke Center for providing lifesaving stroke care, including the administration of interventions capable of improving outcomes, especially when provided as soon as possible after the onset of a stroke.
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Strong Memorial Hospital received AHA/ASA’s new Advanced Therapy award, which indicates that surgical intervention was employed in at least 50% of applicable patients within 90 minutes for direct arriving and within 60 minutes for transfer patients. This award was created in recognition of new acute stroke care guidelines that recommend endovascular therapy for eligible patients. Thrombectomy is credited with leading to faster and more complete reperfusion for certain patients and is considered a mainstay of effective stroke care. Strong Memorial is one of only two New York State hospitals outside of New York City to be recognized with Advanced Therapy designation.
Strong Memorial Hospital also received the AHA/ASA’s Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite award, which recognizes a door-to-clot-busting medication time within 60 minutes for at least 85 percent of applicable stroke patients.
“We are extremely proud of the teams that provide stroke care across UR Medicine hospitals,” said neurologist Curtis Benesch, M.D. M.P.H., Chief of Stroke and Medical Director of the UR Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center. “This is truly a system-wide approach that brings together neurologists, neurosurgeons, emergency room physicians, anesthesiologists, technologists, and acute care nurses and providers, and harnesses technologies such as telemedicine to deliver fast, high-quality care regardless to which hospital a stroke patient is transported.”