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Peconic Bay Medical Center earns national recognition for efforts to improve stroke treatment

Contact: Victoria Palacio
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RIVERHEAD, NY — Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for their 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 most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability. PBMC earned the recognition by demonstrating a commitment to providing quality care for stroke patients.

“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. The clinical teamwork of our rapid responding EMS partners, along with our fast-acting Emergency Department staff, has contributed to our success,” said Dr. Amy E. Loeb, executive director of Peconic Bay Medical Center. “We all work with great urgency to ensure each patient has the very best chance of survival after a stroke, and this Get With The Guidelines-Stroke recognition is a wonderful tribute to our proven track record of improving outcomes for stroke patients.”

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical. In addition to following treatment guidelines, including the evaluation of proper use of medications, patients at PBMC also receive an education of managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit among other care transition interventions before they are discharged from the hospital. These quality improvement measures ultimately lead to more efficient and coordinated care, more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

“We are pleased to recognize Peconic Bay Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

Peconic Bay Medical Center 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, or tPA, 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, MSN, RN, 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.”

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.


About Peconic Bay Medical Center
Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a 200-bed nonprofit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs, including advanced surgical, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s health care, comprehensive inpatient medical care, palliative care and an extensive range of outpatient services, along with state-of-the-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit and follow us @PeconicBayMedicalCenter on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.


About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 76,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit and follow us @NorthwellHealth on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn.


About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit