Mountainside Medical Center recognized for providing high quality stroke care – Essex News Daily

MONTCLAIR/GLEN RIDGE, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center, located in Montclair and Glen Ridge, has received the Gold Plus “Get With the Guidelines” award from the American Heart Association for its commitment to ensuring that patients with stroke receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early detection and treatment of strokes are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping to ensure patient care meets the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. This is a hospital-based program to improve stroke care by encouraging consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of stroke and even prevent death.

“Mountainside Medical Center is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said CEO Tim O’Brien. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to implement proven knowledge and guidelines on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure that more people in our community can live longer, healthier lives.

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization is committed to providing quality stroke patient care. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

“We are extremely pleased to recognize Mountainside Medical Center for its commitment to caring for stroke patients,” said Dr. Steven Messe, president of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for healthcare systems, families and communities.”

Mountainside also received the Target: Stroke Elite award from the American Heart Association. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the anti-clot alteplase.

Additionally, Mountainside received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll from the American Heart Association. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes, who may be at higher risk of complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to a stroke.

Mountainside is a New Jersey State-designated Primary Stroke Center and has received Joint Commission disease-specific stroke certification. The hospital is one of the few community hospitals capable of performing life-saving thrombectomy procedures for stroke patients.

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