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When a stroke strikes, minutes make a difference. Lancaster General Hospital received an award that recognizes the hospital’s success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award is bestowed on hospitals that achieve 85 percent or greater in adherence to achievement indicators for at least 12 months. During the same period the hospital must achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures.

LGH was also honored with the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.  For this honor, hospitals meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with a clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, this treatment has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. LGH earned this award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Members of the cross-divisional Stroke Care Management team were recognized with special awards.

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