HealthlinkNY Supports Stroke Awareness Month

May 28th, 2015 - St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH), known for their optimum stroke care, educates the community on Stroke Awareness Month.

May is Stroke Awareness Month and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is actively working to educate the community on some helpful ways to identify the signs of a stroke. St. Luke’s Hospital is known for its top quality stroke care.

This past November, The American Stroke Association (ASA) presented the hospital with a fourth “Get with the Guidelines Gold plus Performance Achievement Award” in recognition of their success in implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the ASA for treating stroke patients.

SLCH strives to provide their patients with the highest quality of care and continuously seeks opportunities to improve care delivery. One such opportunity for SLCH was to implement a connection to the HealthlinkNY Health Information Exchange (HIE).

 “When it comes to stroke care, and all other care, time is of the essence. When we are able to give our clinicians the resources to tap into the HIE, we are helping expedite the level of care,” says Vice President& Chief Information Officer (CIO) at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Cletis Earle. 

The partnership between HealthlinkNY and SLCH helps to facilitate improved patient care by providing physicians with a complete picture of their patient’s health. “I know this will change care as we know it—gone are the days of having to pick up the phone, or wait by the fax machine for patient records. We are moving from a singular phased approach to multiple approaches on how we take care of our patients. Not only can the clinicians see patient records, they can consume them back into their own medical record as well,” says Earle.

Take action in support of Stroke Awareness Month and click here to learn how to help prevent a stroke from happening to you of a loved one.