Columbia Memorial Health Stroke Care “Threepeats” With Third Consecutive Top Award from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

CMH’s Type-2 Diabetes Care Also Recognized for Excellence

Hudson, N.Y. August 18, 2020 – For the third consecutive year, Columbia Memorial Health has been recognized for its outstanding stroke care program, receiving the American Heart Association (AHA) American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The AHA/ASA stroke award recognizes CMH’s excellence in providing stroke patients with the most appropriate treatment aligned with nationally recognized, evidenced based guidelines. The Gold Plus award, the highest level possible, is an advanced level of recognition acknowledging select hospitals for consistent high level performance across a broad range of stroke care quality measures.

In addition, CMH’s diabetes care program was recognized by being placed on the AHA’s Target: Type-2 Diabetes Honor Roll. This award is a distinguished honor for hospitals engaging in advanced care for patients with heart failure and/or stroke and type 2 diabetes. Honor Roll hospitals must meet a series of very stringent, evidenced based care standards to be recognized.

Columbia Memorial Health Chief Medical Officer Clifford Belden, M.D., said: “These awards are a welcome recognition of CMH’s highly skilled and committed care team. It’s a tremendous challenge for any hospital to meet these high standards, and it’s even more remarkable to sustain these very high levels of care for multiple years. It’s more evidence that CMH provides the highest quality care very close to home.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year nationally.

Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.


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