Mount Sinai Queens Recognized for Excellence In Stroke Care by the American Heart Association

 – May 29, 2015 /Press Release/  –– 

For reducing the time it takes for a newly arrived stroke patient to be treated with clot-busting drugs, Mount Sinai Queens was named to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Honor Roll Elite and received the “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Mount Sinai Queens’s success in ensuring that stroke patients receive care in line with nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. We are pleased that the American Heart Association has spotlighted the efforts of our Stroke Center team to improve the quality of care for our patients,” said Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens.

According to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. 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.

Mount Sinai Queens is the only hospital in the borough designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the New York State Department of Health.  “At Mount Sinai Queens, we have a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to acute stroke care, comprising specialists from our Emergency Department, neurology, radiology, pharmacy, and our laboratory,” said Aaron P. Tansy, MD, an assistant professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who has led the Stroke Team at Mount Sinai Queens for two years.  

To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months and during the same period achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

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About Mount Sinai Queens
Mount Sinai Queens is a 235-bed licensed acute care facility, providing adult medical and surgical services, with a team of nearly 500 physicians representing close to 40 medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties.  Between the physicians and staff, 35 languages are spoken; just one of the many ways that Mount Sinai Queens serves the needs of the culturally diverse population of our community.

In addition to providing inpatient care, Mount Sinai Queens serves the communities of Western Queens and beyond by providing primary and specialty care; occupational, speech and physical therapy; outpatient surgery; cancer care and a range of radiological testing.

Our new $150 million, six-story Ambulatory Care and Surgical Services Pavilion will provide for an integrated, medical office practice with virtually all medical and surgical specialties, along with dedicated outpatient imaging, in one convenient location.  It will also provide a new, expanded Emergency Department -- more than quadruple the size of our current ED.  Rounding out the new facility are seven new state-of-the-art operating rooms for a total of ten OR suites, that will enable both advanced inpatient and outpatient procedures.  

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About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit or