Rochester Regional's Unity Hospital Receives Award for Stroke Care

March 01, 2016

Rochester Regional Health System’s Unity Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight quality measures.

Unity Hospital earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, by meeting quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) the drug used to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. This award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Chris Burke, MD Medical Director of Rochester Regional’s stroke programs. “Rochester Regional Health is dedicated to improving the health of this community. We’re committed to providing quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines-Stroke’ program helps us achieve that goal.”

Unity Hospital is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health, as is Rochester General Hospital and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. Rochester Regional Health System also has the leading program in the region to treat and rehabilitate stroke patients at the Golisano Restorative Neurology and Rehabilitation Program at Unity Hospital.