Huntington Hospital has received two awards from the American Heart Association for its care of stroke and heart attack patients.
The AHA recognized the hospital with the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures to treat patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
“Huntington Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association with these two prestigious awards for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and after a stroke or heart attack,” said Nick Fitterman, MD, executive director of Huntington Hospital.
Programs must demonstrate their commitment to providing quality care for patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.
Stroke is the No. 5 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. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and speeding recovery times.
Each year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.