UC Health Stroke Care Again Receives National Recognition

UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital Receive American Heart Association/American Stroke Association “Gold Plus” Awards

CINCINNATI (Aug. 20, 2020) – UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital have once again received national recognition for the quality of care provided to stroke victims.

Each hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes UC Health’s commitment to and success in implementing the highest standard of stroke care by ensuring that every stroke patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards.

UC Medical Center is home to Greater Cincinnati’s first adult Comprehensive Stroke Center, directed by Aaron Grossman, MD, and West Chester Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center, directed by Natalie Kreitzer, MD. This is the seventh year UC Medical Center has received the AHA/ASA designation and the third year for West Chester Hospital.

“At UC Health, we take great pride in providing the highest level of stroke care and clinical research to help save lives. Our No. 1 goal is to help our patients recover and return to their families,” said Pooja Khatri, MD, director of the Stroke Center of Excellence at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and a professor in the Department of Neurology at the UC College of Medicine. “Our teams continue to work every day to find new ways to treat stroke through science and research. We are proud to be a source of hope for stroke patients in Greater Cincinnati, nationally and internationally.”

Additionally, UC Medical Center also received Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognition and West Chester Hospital received Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus recognition for implementing quality measures to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ischemic stroke, and it was developed in part by researchers at the UC College of Medicine. It is well established that faster treatment leads to better outcomes.

UC Medical Center and West Chester Hospital earned the recognition by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S., according to the AHA/ASA. On average in the U.S., someone has a stroke every 40 seconds.

On Aug. 11, 2020, UC Health launched the region’s first Mobile Stroke Unit, which will quickly deliver UC Health’s advanced stroke care to those who need it most.

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