COLUMBIA, Mo. — University Hospital has been named to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2011 Target: Stroke Honor Roll — one of only four hospitals in Missouri and one of only 74 in the nation to be named to the list.
“We are very proud of being named to this prestigious list,” said Niranjan Singh, M.D., a neurologist and co-director of University Hospital’s stroke program. “It recognizes our commitment and achievement in providing a higher standard of care for our ischemic stroke patients.”
Target: Stroke is a national quality campaign designed to improve outcomes for ischemic or clot-related stroke patients. The goal of the program is to help hospitals achieve clot-busting medication delivery times of 60 minutes or less to patients after they arrive at the hospital.
To treat stroke patients, University Hospital uses a multidisciplinary team from several different departments including neurology, neurosurgery, physical therapy, cardiology and emergency services.
“In order to identify, diagnose and treat the stroke patient quickly, we work together as a cohesive team once the patient arrives at the hospital,” said Ashish Nanda, M.D., a neurointerventionalist and co-director of University Hospital’s stroke program. “Rapid evaluation and treatment then make the difference, not only between life and death, but also in terms of quality of life.”
“Only about one percent of acute care hospitals in the United States were named to the association’s honor roll,” said Pradeep Sahota, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurology at University of Missouri Health Care. “I am proud of all the physicians and staff responsible for achieving this honor.”
University Hospital’s stroke program has also been certified as an advanced primary stroke center by the Joint Commission and has received the Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from Get With The Guidelines®, a hospital-based quality improvement program developed by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.