Winthrop First NY Metro Hospital to Receive the ASA's Initial Performance Achievement Award

Vol. 16, No. 2
Spring/Summer 2006

  • Winthrop Neurosurgeon Offers Patients Relief From Severe Chronic Pain With Neurostimulation

  • Bug Bite & Once Controversial Treatment Saves Father of Six

  • Winthrop's New Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Center Offers State-Of-The-Art Treatment

  • Winthrop First NY Metro Hospital to Receive the ASA's Initial Performance Achievement Award

  • Fitness Program Gets Young Cancer Patients Back in the Game

  • Hagedorns' Extraordinary Gift Helps Make Miracles Grow Everyday

  • The Miracle Foundation Gives $50,000 in Support of Cancer Center for Kids

  • First Annual Mardi Gras Gala Benefits Cancer Education, Research and Support Services

  • Retired Bank Chairman's Exceptional Generosity Benefits Winthrop's Pediatric Facilities

  • A Smart Way to Give

  • Winthrop Attracts Newest Medical Talent To Residency Program

  • Gifts of Love for Winthrop's Littlest Patients

  • Cardiac Surgeon and Family Donate in Support of Heart Surgery Center Construction

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  • Back row L-R: Rick Perez, Administrative Director, Department of Radiology; Paul Whalen, Assistant Vice President of Medical & Academic Services; Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO; Michael Niederman, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM, Chairman, Department of Medicine; Garry Schwall, MBA, RPA-C, Vice President, Administration; Ann Hanford, MA, CCRN, Assistant Vice President, Case Management and Quality Metrics. Front row L-R: Kathy Dooney, RN, MA, Director, Nursing Education; Malcolm Gottesman, MD, Chief, Neurology Division; Kathleen Michel, NP, Cerebrovascular Program Coordinator; Elzbieta Wirkowski, MD, Director, Cerebrovascular Disorders; Loretta DeRosa, RN, MHA, Vice President, Quality Improvement Initiatives, AHA; Maureen Gaffney, PA, Director, PA/NP Services; and Linda Radler, MPA, PT, Director, Physical Therapy.

    Winthrop is one of 31 hospitals in the nation--the only one in the New York Metropolitan region--to receive the American Stroke Association's (ASA) Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Initial Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Winthrop's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

    "This recognition exemplifies our team's commitment to not only saving stroke patients' lives, but also preserving their quality of life," explained Elzbieta Wirkowski, MD, Director, Cerebrovascular Disorders. "Every day, Winthrop's Stroke Care team stresses the critical element of time. The moment stroke symptoms occur, action must be taken because time lost is brain lost."

    Treating more than 500 stroke patients annually, Winthrop's Stroke Center is equipped 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, to provide brain imaging scans and the administration of clot-busting medications. Winthrop's multidisciplinary team of specialists performs the latest procedures in a sophisticated Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. Winthrop also is one of the first Long Island hospitals to begin using the Merci(R) Retriever for emergency cases in which the window of opportunity for tPA drug therapy intervention has closed.

    To receive the award, Winthrop consistently complied with the GWTG- Stroke program requirements, including aggressive use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation.

    "Winthrop's Stroke Center's specialized approach allows for quick and accurate decisions about a patient's neurological state in order to provide rapid treatment and secure the best possible outcome," said Ann Hanford, MA, CCRN, Assistant Vice President, Case Management and Quality Metrics. "We are honored to be recognized by the ASA for our dedicated efforts."

    For more information about the Stroke Center, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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