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Mather Hospital Earns National Award for Stroke Patient Care

November 13, 2012

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Mather’s commitment to quality and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients using nationally accepted clinical guidelines.

Mather achieved Gold by sustaining 85% or higher adherence to specific evidence based guidelines over a 24-month consecutive time period as measured in the Get With The Guidelines program. In additional, the Plus designation is an advanced recognition that the hospital reached at least 75% adherence to additional, optional quality measures. This marks the second year in a row that Mather Hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

“Mather Hospital is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our stroke patients,” said Mather Hospital President Kenneth Roberts. “The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal. This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and I’m very proud of the Mather Family for this accomplishment.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

“We have worked very hard to achieve this distinction and have successful administered medication to break up blood clots to 21 patients with excellent outcomes,” said Dinesh Shukla, MD, Mather’s Stroke Director. “Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure that the care provided to heart failure and stroke patients is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines. The goal of participating in Get With The Guidelines is to save lives.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.