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NCH Stroke Program Earns Key Award for Quality of Care

Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) has received the "Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award" from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This designation recognizes NCH's ability to attain quality outcomes through aggressive, proven stroke care.

To receive the award, NCH achieved an 85 percent compliance with all Get With The Guidelines indicators for two consecutive 12-month intervals, and a 75 percent compliance with six of 10 stroke quality measures.

These measures include aggressive use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability while improving the lives of stroke patients.

For more than four years NCH has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. This means, the Hospital's stroke care encompasses all the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving stroke outcomes.

Interdisciplinary care, rapid diagnostics, medical and surgical interventions, and endovascular expertise at NCH play key roles in restoring patients to their maximum level of functioning. "We have a comprehensive team approach to enable prompt, state-of the-art care to our patients who have suffered a stroke, an intracranial hemorrhage or other neurological conditions," says Dr. Laura Goldstein, NCH's Stroke Program medical director and chief of Neurology.

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