Hackensack University Medical Center has been recognized as one of the 2015 Best Hospitals in America for Stroke Care, the newest award from Women’s Choice Award®. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and this award identifies centers of excellence across the country for stroke care. The winning hospitals were chosen from 1,120 centers that are certified as either an Advanced Primary Stroke Center or Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. In addition, the patient recommendation ratings for the selected hospitals are higher than the national average.
“This recognition demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network.
“I would like to commend Dr. Subasini Dash, director of the Stroke Center, and the entire team for the work they are doing to improve the lives of stroke victims,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer. “We strive to remain at the forefront of clinical excellence and this award solidifies our mission.”
Hospitals earning the 2015 America’s Best Stroke Centers Award must be certified by the Joint Commission/American Heart Association Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. The Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes centers that meet high standards for stroke care as determined by the Joint Commission. To receive advanced certification, Stroke Centers must meet disease-specific requirements, clinically specific requirements and expectations which include:
- Use a standardized method of delivering care
- Support patient self-management activities
- Tailor treatment and intervention to individual needs
- Promote the flow of patient information across settings and providers, while protecting patient rights, security and privacy
- Analyze and use standardized performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans
- Demonstrate their application of and compliance with clinical practice guidelines published by the AHA/ASA or equivalent evidence-based guidelines
In addition, publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and patient recommendation ratings data were included when assessing each hospital’s clinical performance.
For a complete list of the Women’s Choice Award 2015 American’s Best Hospitals for Stroke Care visit: http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/stroke-care/.
About the Women’s Choice Award®
The Women’s Choice Award® sets the standard to help women make smart choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S.HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.