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White Plains Hospital Receives Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Pair of Stroke Honor Roll Designations

June 17, 2022

White Plains, N.Y. (June 13, 2022) – For the 17th year in a row, White Plains Hospital has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get with The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, as well as two other “Honor Roll” citations. The Stroke Gold Plus Award recognizes the Hospital’s success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

White Plains Hospital also made the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the Hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If administered within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and reduce the chance of permanent disability, according to the AHA/ASA.

“To be consistently recognized in this manner is very gratifying,” said Dr. Michael Palumbo, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at White Plains Hospital. “We are always looking to provide our patients with the most modern, medically sound technology and treatment. To provide an even higher level of care to our stroke patients, later this year we will introduce a new Biplane suite, allowing us to perform a breakthrough treatment called mechanical thrombectomy.”

According to the AHA/ASA, 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, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and more than 750,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.  

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines-Stroke indicators for two or more consecutive years, and gain 75 percent or higher compliance with seven of ten Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

To meet Elite Honor Roll criteria, hospitals must administer IV tPA thrombolytic therapy in 75 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes or less.

In addition, the Hospital has been named to the AHA’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll for ensuring that those patients receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized with cardiovascular disease (CVD) or stroke. The new designation is given to hospitals that demonstrate at least 90% compliance for 12 consecutive months for a composite of all required measures.

About White Plains Hospital  

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 64,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.

The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2019, 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2021, 2016 and 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Achievement Award for its treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks in its Emergency Department and Cardiac Catherization labs and its mortality rate is amongst the lowest in the country according to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2021, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the sixth time, and in 2022 became the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an A Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 7th time.