American Heart Association Recognizes Cooper University Health Care’s Commitment to Quality Stroke Care

Cooper Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

With Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll, Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, Stroke Advanced Therapy Honor Roll

Cooper University Health Care received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award in recognition of the health system’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times, and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

“As a regional leader, Cooper is committed to continually improving stroke outcomes in our community. This accreditation reinforces our team’s efforts to provide the highest level of care to each patient,” said Tudor G. Jovin, MD, medical director of the Cooper Neurological Institute at Cooper University Health Care and Professor of Neurology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

In addition to the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Cooper also received these achievement awards:

  • Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll
  • Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Stroke Advanced Therapy Honor Roll.

“We are pleased to recognize Cooper for its commitment to caring for those in their community,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

The Cooper Neurological Institute (CNI) is fully dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and neurosurgical issues. The institute offers diagnostic and treatment options for a wide range of conditions from spinal traumas to strokes to hydrocephalus, as well as comprehensive neuro-oncology and neuromuscular care.

In 2022, the CNI transformed neurological care in the region with the opening of a new, dedicated Acute Stroke and Neuro Interventional Suite within its Emergency Department – the first of its kind in the nation. Cooper was the first comprehensive stroke center in the United States equipped with the latest generation Siemens Healthineers biplane angiography suite integrated with a CT scanner, providing fully integrated surgical image guidance for minimally invasive treatment of strokes.

The suite is designed to treat emergent and non-emergent forms of cerebrovascular disease including acute stroke of any type, cerebral aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and other vascular conditions affecting the brain and spinal cord. This “one stop shop” approach represents an innovative model of care addressing the critically time-sensitive nature of neurovascular emergencies.

organizations.  Cooper is one of only seven hospitals in New Jersey and the only one in South Jersey to achieve this significant certification. Cooper was also rated a top-performing hospital for stroke in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospitals survey.

 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

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