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Mount St. Mary’s gets stroke care recognition

LEWISTON –Mount St. Mary’s Hospital has received national recognition for its success with stroke patients.

The hospital is a New York State-designated stroke center and recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To receive the award, the hospital had to adhere to all of the required indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and comply with six of the 10 measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. They include: aggressive use of medications to reduce the potential for blood clots, such as antithrombotics; anticoagulation therapy; deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis; as well as cholesterol-reducing drugs; and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients

Judith A. Maness, hospital president and chief executive officer, credited Dr. Gregory Sambuchi, chief of neurology and director of the hospital’s Stroke Care Program, and experienced former critical care nurses Rosanne Schiavi and Linda Stevens for leading the hospital’s efforts.

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.