Upstate Honored for Outstanding Care in Stroke, Heart Failure and Resuscitation

Upstate University Hospital’s stroke and heart failure programs and its success in treating patients who suffer cardiac arrests while in the hospital are being recognized by the American Heart Association for outstanding achievement.

Upstate has received the following awards:

• Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

• Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

• Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Silver Adult Achievement Award.

“These honors from the American Heart Association reflect on the outstanding work our health care teams do every day to deliver the most appropriate and safest care possible to our patients,” said physician Robert Corona, chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital.

For its stroke care, Upstate received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

For its stroke care, Upstate received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

“The recognition we receive each year from the association is a testament to the care we offer stroke patients by providing them the greatest opportunity at the chance for a full recovery,” said stroke program Manager Josh Onyan. “Our stroke team, which comprises many facets of the health care team, is highly skilled and ready at every opportunity to treat patients from across town or across the state.”

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Upstate 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 death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

Additionally, Upstate received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “overall diabetes cardiovascular initiative composite score.”

Upstate’s stroke care has been honored previously by the American Heart Association. Upstate is the region’s first comprehensive stroke center as designated by DNV Healthcare, a national hospital accrediting body. Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center is also designated as a comprehensive stroke center from new york state department of health.

for its heart failure care, Upstate received the Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

“Upstate is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-HF initiative,” said heart failure program Coordinator Connie Randolph. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”