Peconic Bay Medical Center earns national recognition for stroke treatment


Peconic Bay Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award, Northwell Health announced.

The award recognizes Peconic Bay Medical Center‘s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program was developed to assist healthcare professionals with the up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients. The goal is to speed recovery and reduce death and disability in stroke sufferers.

“It is a tremendous honor for Peconic Bay Medical Center to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our team’s ongoing dedication to providing fast-acting, quality care to our patients,” said Peconic Bay Medical Center Executive Director Dr. Amy E. Loeb. “The clinical teamwork of our rapid responding EMS partners, along with our fast-acting Emergency Department staff, has contributed to our success.”

Loeb noted that the Riverhead hospital works with “great urgency to ensure each patient has the very best chance of survival after a stroke.”

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, with nearly 795,000 people suffering a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Peconic Bay also received the Association’s Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, 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, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“The tools and resources provided by the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative have contributed to Peconic Bay Medical Center’s ability to improve our quality of care for stroke patients,” said Donna Lyburt, the hospital’s clinical stroke coordinator. “We are thankful for this recognition and will continue to track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Additionally, Peconic Bay Medical Center received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”