Lifebridge Receives Special Distinction for Stroke Treatment at The Berman Brain & Spine Institute
When it comes to medical care, those of us who live in Baltimore are lucky to have some of the finest institutions to turn to for help. Just recently, The Berman Brain & Spine Institute’s Stroke Center at Sinai Hospital
was awarded a Target: Stroke designation by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in recognition of its excellence in delivering timely critical care to patients with acute stroke. The designation was earned because Sinai met the criteria of providing IV tPA, a clot-busting drug, to at least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients within 60 minutes of their arrival at the hospital, also known as “door-to-needle time.” That was the rate over the last six months of 2012. To date, Sinai Hospital has increased the rate even more, to over 75 percent.
“The delivery of timely treatment to patients with stroke is
essential to ensuring successful outcomes for their long-term health,”
noted Adrian J. Goldszmidt, M.D., chief of the Department of Neurology
at Sinai Hospital. “We are pleased to be part of a select group of
hospitals throughout the country and one of only seven in Maryland to
have achieved this Target: Stroke distinction.”
The Stroke Centers at Sinai and Northwest Hospitals received 2013
Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards. This award recognizes
hospitals with at least 85 percent compliance with key national stroke
care guidelines for 24 or more consecutive months.
The Berman Brain & Spine Institute offers a comprehensive approach to
the treatment of strokes, with services available at both Sinai and
Northwest. These hospitals are designated by the Maryland Institute for
Emergency Medical Services Systems as stroke centers that are able to
offer round-the-clock advanced treatment for stroke patients.
LifeBridge Health is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers
of health services in northwest Baltimore. LifeBridge Health includes
Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center
and Hospital, Courtland Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and
related subsidiaries and affiliates. For more information, visit