|Kennedy University Hospitals Receive Stroke Program Achievement Awards|
|Thursday, June 07, 2012|
Kennedy University Hospital’s campuses in Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, have received achievement awards recently though the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program.
All three Kennedy hospitals – located in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township -- are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services. This designation was granted based on the hospitals’ advanced capabilities and protocols for the rapid and effective diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.
“We commend Kennedy’s hospitals for their success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., Chair of the National Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
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.