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News from Unity

Unity Hospital Receives Award for Stroke Care

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and Unity Hospital has being recognized for its treatment of people having a stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.

The American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) has awarded Unity Hospital a Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for stroke care. The award recognizes Unity’s expanded efforts to provide quality care through administering additional evidence-based therapies. Hospitals who have received the award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA/ASA.

Unity was also recognized as a recipient of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die. According to the AHA/ASA, on average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Unity Hospital is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health, and has leading programs to treat and rehabilitate stroke patients. This includes Unity’s Acute Rehabilitation and Brain Injury program, the largest of its kind in the Finger Lakes region. The program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for acute stroke, pediatric, and brain injury rehabilitation.

To learn more about Unity’s Stroke Center and also see stroke resources, visit http://www.unityhealth.org/hospital/hospital_stroke.aspx.