American Heart Association Award Recognizes Cooper University Hospital’s Commitment to Quality Stroke Care
Cooper University Health Care received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. 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.
Cooper University Health Care 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. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions
“Cooper is committed to improving stroke outcomes in our community,” said Cooper neurologist Thomas R. Mirsen, MD. “This accreditation reinforces the efforts we’ve made towards achieving that goal.”
Cooper University Health Care earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll by meeting specific 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 within 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.
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.
About the Cooper Neurological Institute
Cooper has one of the most progressive patient- and family-centered neurological centers in the region and offers the most advanced system on the East Coast for noninvasive treatment for brain disorders. The Cooper Neurological Institute (CNI) is dedicated to providing exceptional and compassionate care to patients with neurological diseases and disorders while applying innovative and promising solutions, from surgery and minimally invasive procedures of the brain and spine, to radiosurgery and magnetic resonance imaging systems. The medical staff at the CNI includes renowned neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, and many other sub-specialists.
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 www.heart.org.
Wendy A. Marano
Public Relations Manager