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Crouse Hospital Receives American Heart/Stroke Association Gold Plus Award



Crouse Hospital has received the 2010 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke care excellence.

The award recognizes Crouse’s ongoing commitment and success in implementing high-quality care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. To receive the award, the hospital showed an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality of care measures. These include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation – all of which are aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.


Crouse, a NYS-designated stroke center since 2007, is the first hospital in the area to attain this level of distinction for stroke care.

With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. "The Gold Plus performance achievement award demonstrates Crouse Hospital’s commitment to providing timely, comprehensive stroke care," said Sami Abdul-Malak, MD, medical director of Crouse’s stroke program. "We’ll continue focusing on providing care shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols."

“Crouse Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients," said Lee Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee. "Full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients."

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds. Someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. "The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade because of increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population," says Dr. Malak.

For more information on Get With The Guidelines, visit

Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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