Neurology and Neurosurgery

Nuvance Health earns national recognitions for stroke care

Nuvance Health earns national recognitions for stroke care

10/27/2021

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awarded Nuvance Health hospitals for stroke services

Nuvance Health’s hospitals have received American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® (GWTG) quality awards for stroke services. The recognitions demonstrate each hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, is a leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of serious disability for adults. When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost — the longer a stroke goes untreated, the longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, which can lead to brain damage or death.

In addition to following guidelines to quickly and accurately treat stroke, Nuvance Health’s hospitals provide education for patients and caregivers so they can effectively manage their health and rehabilitation after having a stroke.

Varying levels and types of GWTG recognitions depend on the time period being evaluated and capabilities available at each hospital:

  • Bronze recognizes performance of 90 consecutive days.
  • Silver recognizes performance of 12 consecutive months.
  • Gold recognizes performance of 24 consecutive months or more.

New York

  • Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC): GWTG Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Putnam Hospital: GWTG Stroke Gold Plus
  • Northern Dutchess Hospital: GWTG Stroke Silver Plus

Connecticut

  • Norwalk Hospital: GWTG Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
  • Danbury Hospital: GWTG Stroke Silver Plus
  • Sharon Hospital: GWTG Stroke Silver Plus

“Nuvance Health is proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for our commitment to helping stroke patients have the best possible outcomes,” said Dr. Paul Wright, senior vice president and system chair of the Neuroscience Institute at Nuvance Health. “Stroke care is a team effort from emergency medicine, radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, pharmacy, rehabilitation and more specialists. Our teams rapidly identify and treat stroke and support patients during their recovery and beyond. We are fortunate to have such dedicated healthcare professionals providing critical stroke care for our communities in the Hudson Valley and western Connecticut.”

In addition to achieving GWTG stroke care standards, VBMC, Norwalk Hospital, Danbury Hospital and Sharon Hospital have earned Primary Stroke Center certifications from the Joint Commission.

Nuvance Health also has advanced technology to diagnose, manage and treat stroke patients including a portable MRI system at VBMC, and biplane angiography systems at VBMC and Norwalk Hospital.

Learn more about stroke services at Nuvance Health.