Published on September 18, 2020

Silver Cross Earns Gold Plus Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Silver Cross Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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Dr. Sreepathy Kannan (right), neurologist, and Dr. Matthew Reynolds (left), neuroendovascular surgeon, examine the flow of blood in a patient’s brain using sophisticated imaging technology at Silver Cross.

Silver Cross Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

“This award demonstrates our team’s commitment to delivering high-quality stroke care to our patients quickly and safely,” said Dr. Sreepathy Kannan, neurologist, and medical director of the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute.  “The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines to improve patient outcomes.”

“We are pleased to recognize Silver Cross Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.