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Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality A

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August 28, 2020
Press Release                                                                                     
Hospital Spokesman:  Rob Lee, Executive Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications
(845) 333-2391
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August 27, 2020 – For Immediate Release:
 
Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
 
American Heart Association Award recognizes Garnet Health Medical Center- Catskills’ commitment to quality stroke care
 
 
Harris, NY – Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills has received the 2020 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines from the latest scientific evidence.
 
Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills earned the award 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 the risk of death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients received education on managing their health, and scheduled a follow up visit.
 
“The tools and resources provided through the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative help us improve the quality of care for our stroke patients and allow us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines,” said Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Schiller. 
 
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. To better prepare our community to respond to stroke in a timely manner and with appropriate action, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills supports using the FAST acronym to help educate the public on the signs and symptoms of stroke:
 
F = Face Drooping
A = Arm Weakness
S = Speech Difficulty
T = Time to call 911
 
The acronym can help people remember and recognize the general signs and symptoms of stroke, including weakness or numbness on one side, facial drooping, slurred or irregular, or difficulty speaking, vision loss and severe headache or dizziness. The sooner symptoms are recognized, the earlier medical help can be sought.
 
Quicker response time at the onset of stroke can lead to faster treatment, which results in better chances of survival and decreased physical and neurological disabilities. Highly effective treatments that can be administered early from the onset of stroke, include administering the clot dissolving medication alteplase within three to four and one half hours, or a procedure known as a thrombectomy, which can be performed within six to 24 hours.
 
To learn more about Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills visit www.garnethealth.org.
 
About Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills
Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills is dedicated to providing quality health care to residents of Sullivan County and neighboring communities at its 218-bed main hospital campus in Harris and at the 15-bed Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon. An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional health care. Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills is a member of Garnet Health, its corporate parent, which is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2018 and 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. To learn more about Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills, visit garnethealth.org
 

 
 

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