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Suburban Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care - 09/26/2014

Suburban Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Release Date: September 26, 2014

Suburban Hospital has received the 2014-2015 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for treating stroke patients.

 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Suburban’s Stroke Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. 

"Suburban is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and improving the lives of those who suffer strokes," said Zurab Nadareishvili, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Suburban NIH Stroke Program. “The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke helps us achieve that goal and their recognition of our efforts in that regard demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive the best evidence-based care." 

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke also helps Suburban’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors, understanding the warning signs for stroke and ensuring they take their medications properly.           

 About Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital is a community-based, not-for-profit hospital serving Montgomery County and the surrounding area since 1943. The hospital is a regional trauma center with centers of excellence in cardiovascular care, stroke and neurosciences, orthopedics and oncology. Suburban Hospital’s unique affiliation with the National Institutes of Health, located across the street from the hospital, has brought world-class research from the laboratory to the bedside, providing the local community with round-the-clock access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for stroke, heart attack and other clinical conditions.

About The Suburban Hospital NIH Stroke Center

Since its inception in late 1999, the NIH Stroke Center at Suburban Hospital has been dedicated to researching the most effective ways to diagnose and treat stroke using new technologies and drugs. With physician-scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) working side-by-side with Suburban Hospital clinicians, the Suburban Hospital Stroke Program assures access to the most advanced medical protocols and cutting-edge technology.

Stroke Care

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with 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 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare

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Contacts:

Debra Scheinberg
301-896-3612
dschein8@jhmi.edu