Hospital’s Stroke Program Receives Bronze Performance
WATERBURY -- The
Primary Stroke Center at Waterbury Hospital has been
given the American Stroke Association’s Get With The
Guidelines – Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award
for consistently meeting the highest standards of care
for stroke patients.
The award is given to hospital
stroke programs that follow nationally accepted
standards and guidelines for stroke treatment for a
period of 90 consecutive days. A Silver Award is given
when the guidelines are followed for a full year, which
is the Primary Stroke Center’s next goal, said Steven
Eisen, MD, Medical Director of the Stroke Center.
“We are very pleased to be
recognized in this way, and we look forward to achieving
the Silver Award in the near future,” Dr. Eisen said.
“We feel this award signifies a well-deserved
recognition of our staff’s dedication to providing the
very best care for our patients.”
Kelly Poskus, RN, the hospital’s
Stroke Center coordinator, said the stroke program staff
regularly see the devastation caused by strokes, which
is why they are so motivated to teach people how to
“We try to be as comprehensive as
possible, both in terms of treatment and education,”
The treatment guidelines set by the
American Stroke Association include aggressive use of
medications, anticoagulation therapy, cholesterol
reducing drugs, smoking cessation programs and other
methods of preventing and treating incidences of stroke.
Every year in the U.S. approximately 795,000 people
suffer a stroke, which is the cause of death for one out
of every 18 deaths.
“The American Stroke Association
commends Waterbury Hospital for its success in
implementing standards of care and protocol,” said Lee
H. Schwamm, MD, Vice-Chair of the national Get With The
Guidelines Steering Committee.