Phelps Hospital Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health’s stroke team recently received national recognition from the American Heart Association for its commitment to prioritizing quality care for stroke patients. Back Row (L-R): Sibi Pathil, Maria Shakesnider, Dr. Akira Todo, Tracy Feiertag, Margaret Santos, Andrew Lu, Megan McNutt, Biagio Siniscalchi and Dr. Ramandeep Sahni. Front Row (L-R): Sal Balogna, Elaine Gardner, Eileen Egan, Kelly Simmons and Eileen Maher.

Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get with The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. 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. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and speeding recovery times.

Get With the Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

“Phelps is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Elaine Gardner, BSN, RN, CCRN, Clinical Program Manager/Stroke Coordinator at Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health. “Achieving this designation is a result of the skilled and efficient effort of multiple staff and departments working together as a team from the time a patient enters our doors. Get With the Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Each year, program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Phelps also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“We are pleased to recognize Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get with The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

In addition, Phelps also received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite and Advanced Therapy awards. To qualify for the Elite Therapy recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health is located at 701 North Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. and can be reached by calling (914) 366-3000 or visiting

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