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St. John’s Hospital in Far Rockaway receives two awards


St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and the organization’s Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The awards are in recognition of the hospital’s surpassing of standards for stroke diagnosis and treatment, as well as heart failure management, officials said.

It is the third consecutive year that St. John’s, the only hospital on the Rockaway Peninsula that also serves the Five Towns, was given the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement award, which recognizes hospitals who meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at set levels for a specific period of time. The hospital has 257 beds and treats thousands of people annually in its emergency room.

The Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The hospital’s focus on heart failure is vital, as heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in the Rockaways.

“St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is dedicated to providing the utmost quality care to our patients,” CEO Jerry Walsh stated in a release. “Implementing the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines initiatives provides the tools and resources we need to track and measure our success in meeting the evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to optimize patient outcomes.”