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Cayuga Medical Center Earns National Recognition


Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Gold Plus Award for proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care.

CMC earned the American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a two-year period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. The goal is to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

CMC also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

“Our entire health system is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines- initiatives,” said Dr. Caelyn Bellerose, Stroke Director & Emergency Medicine Physician at Cayuga Health. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to ensure more of our patients can experience longer healthier lives.”

“We are very pleased to have earned this level of recognition and achievement, once more, from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for our efforts to provide the best possible care to our stroke patients,” states Dr. David Halpert, Neurologist at Cayuga Medical Center. “Consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines improves stroke survival rates and can help patients recover better.”

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