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American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is honored with the Target: Stroke award for advances in care for patients who have had strokes

October 15, 2012

Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been named to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke honor roll for its commitment to and success in improving care for stroke patients.

The award recognizes that over the recent three-month review period, at least 50 percent of all eligible ischemic stroke patients at Barnes-Jewish received the important clot-busting drug tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.

“This recognition is a reflection on the commitment of Barnes-Jewish Hospital to provide patients with some of the best stroke care in the nation,” says Peter Panagos, MD, who along with Renee B. Van Stavern, MD, co-directs the Stroke Network team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “Over the years we have worked to develop some of the most efficient protocols— from EMS arrival on the scene to the emergency department evaluation and treatment—that help minimize long-term brain injuries after a stroke.”

Less than one percent of all acute care hospitals in the United States have received the distinction of being on the Target: Stroke honor roll.

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