|Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill Receives American Stroke Association Gold Plus Award|
|Monday, May 02, 2011|
Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill was presented with the American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. Kennedy-Cherry Hill has also been named to the American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care.The Gold Plus award recognizes Kennedy – Cherry Hill’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care for at least 24 months by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. To receive the GWTG-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award, Kennedy – Cherry Hill demonstrated 85 percent adherence in the GWTG–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These key measures include: aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year: 610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 are recurrent. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers from a stroke – and this deadly condition accounts for one out of every 18 deaths in the U.S.
Kennedy’s Stroke Program was established in 2007; later that same year, it received an ASA Bronze Award. In 2008, the Kennedy Stroke Program – a NJ Department of Health & Senior Services designated Primary Stroke Center – received the ASA’s Silver Award. In 2009, it earned the Gold Award; now, the Gold Plus – the highest achievement possible.
In a continuing effort to raise the standard of stroke care, Kennedy Health System is proud to participate in National Stroke Alert, a national effort to increase awareness about stroke warning signs. Free blood pressure screenings in all three hospital locations in Stratford, Cherry Hill and Washington Township on May 3, 2011 to help spread the word in the community.
National Stroke Alert Free Blood Pressure Screenings