Overlake Stroke Program Receives Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for 2019

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Bellevue, Wash. – Overlake Medical Center & Clinics today announced it has received the American Heart and American Stroke Associations’ Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and is also listed on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

This marks the 10th year in a row Overlake has received the Stroke Gold Plus award, which recognizes the organization’s commitment to quality guidelines that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. “We continually strive to build upon our successes in our care of stroke patients”, said Abhineet Chowdhary, MD, medical director, Overlake Neuroscience Institute. “While the reward in helping someone regain critical functions is immeasurable, this award is validation of the hard work our care team puts in to make us successful.”

Overlake was the first hospital on the Eastside to perform mechanical thrombectomy with a stent retriever—an advanced procedure for treating ischemic stroke, which involves physically removing a blood clot in the brain, leading to significantly improved outcomes. In its 2019 update, the American Heart Association reported that roughly 795,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year, with someone dying of a stroke every 3.7 minutes on average.

“This award celebrates the entire stroke team, including emergency department providers, angiography technicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, stroke neurologists, neurosurgeons and critical care doctors who have allowed us to deliver this world-class care to the Eastside community,” said Chowdhary.

Award-winning hospitals will be recognized at the International Stroke Conference in February 2020, in Los Angeles, Calif.