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HVHC Receives Gold Plus Award from American Heart Association



Hudson Valley Hospital Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines ®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

This prestigious award is the highest level awarded. To receive this designation, HVHC achieved 85 percent or higher compliance for all seven Achievement indicators and an additional 75 percent or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality measures within one or more consecutive 12-month intervals.

This award validates that stroke patients receive excellent, quality care. The interventions that are measured are best practices in the care of stroke patients to help reduce death and disability. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, education, rehabilitation and smoking cessation

Hospitals receiving the Silver, Gold, Silver Plus and Gold Plus awards are honored at national recognition events during the International Stroke Conference and listed by name in advertisements that appear annually in Stroke and in the “Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report.


Symptoms of stroke may be sudden and include:

•Weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body

•Confusion or difficulty speaking or understanding

•Problems with vision such as dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes

•Dizziness or problems with balance or coordination

•If you experience any of these symptoms call 911 immediately

•Treatment is most effective when started immediately