Southside Hospital earns national recognition for stroke treatment in Bay Shore


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have honored Southside Hospital in Bay Shore with a prestigious award due to the hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care.

The hospital was awarded the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for adhering to 85 percent of AHA and ASA standards for two or more consecutive 12-month periods, as well as 75 percent of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

In addition, the hospital also earned the Honor Roll Elite Plus designation for reducing time between patient arrival and treatment.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Dr. Andrew Rogove, the director of stroke at Southside Hospital. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely.”

Over the years, Southside’s work with stroke patients earned the hospital a New York State Department of Health title of Primary Stroke Center.

“Without the treatment I received, I would not have recovered as well as I did,” said Teri Ackerson, a nurse who suffered a stroke and completed a marathon 26 days later.

Top photo: Southside Hospital’s stroke team.

(Credit: Alexandria Zendrian).