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Published: 01/15/2009

St. Vincent's Stroke Center - Gold Accreditation & AHA Gold Award 

St Vincent's Medical Center - Bridgeport CTBRIDGEPORT, CT, January 15, 2009— St. Vincent’s Medical Center has received its first State of Connecticut designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Connecticut Department of Health, and has also added several other important recognitions attesting to its excellence.

St. Vincent’s President and CEO Susan L. Davis, RN, EdD commented on the latest accolades. “We’re proud to achieve this new distinction from the state for our stroke program,” she said. “It further demonstrates St. Vincent’s commitment to providing timely, advanced and safe care to our stroke patients to ensure the best outcomes possible.”

According to St. Vincent’s Stroke Center Medical Director Srinath Kadimi, MD, “In order to achieve State Primary Stroke Center status, a hospital must undergo a rigorous inspection and adherence to very detailed protocols which help ensure rapid diagnostic evaluation and treatment of stroke patients.” To be designated a Primary Stroke Center by the state, a hospital must demonstrate the capacity to meet criteria adapted from the American Stroke Association (ASA) practice standards, and recommendations from the Brain Attack Coalition (BAC). The goal of the program is to decrease premature deaths and disabilities associated with stroke.

Reaccredited as a Primary Stroke Center by Joint Commission

After a recent survey by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, St. Vincent’s also received accreditation for another two years as a Primary Stroke Center by this agency. This certification recognizes the ability of St. Vincent’s to provide rapid, effective treatment that improves stroke patients’ chances of recovery. St. Vincent’s earned this designation for the first time back in 2006 and was one of the first hospitals in Connecticut to do so. The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is also based on the ASA and BAC guidelines.

AHA Gold Award

Further illustrating the quality of the stroke program at St. Vincent’s, the Stroke Center also was named a Gold Performance Achievement Award winner by the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines- Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) program. To receive this award, St. Vincent’s demonstrated 85% adherence in the GWTG–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include consistent and/or immediate use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, as well as smoking cessation.

“The American Stroke Association commends St. Vincent’s for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, national Get With The Guidelines steering committee member and director of the acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

St. Vincent’s Medical Center

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a 473-bed acute care, Level II trauma center with a 76-bed psychiatric facility located in Westport. A community teaching and referral hospital, St. Vincent’s provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services with regional centers of excellence in cardiology, surgery, cancer care, orthopedics, diagnostics, women’s and family services, behavioral health, senior health and an array of specialized services. St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a subsidiary of St. Vincent’s Health Services, which include St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, St. Vincent’s College, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services and St. Vincent’s Immediate Health Care Centers. It is a member of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic healthcare system. St. Vincent's is a teaching affiliate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and New York Medical College. The Medical Center is also sponsor of SWIM Across the Sound, one of the nation’s largest hospital-based cancer prevention and patient support programs.

St. Vincent’s Master Facilities Plan includes the Michael J. Daly Emergency Department and the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care. The new 125,000-square foot, four-story wing, will create vital space needed in the emergency department, and will consolidate cancer services in one location, reducing the time between diagnosis and treatment. The new facility will provide the latest in cancer treatments in a healing, compassionate environment. For referral to a St. Vincent’s physician or to learn about programs and services, call the toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847) or visit

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