Stroke and Maternity Care at NYM Receive Five-Star Ratings

Nov 17, 2006

Both stroke and maternity care at New York Methodist Hospital recently received an impressive five-star rating "the highest possible" in the 2006 Hospital Report Card Analysis by HealthGrades, an independent research firm. The ratings place the two specialties at NYM among the top in the nation.

Susanna Horvath, MD

Susanna Horvath, M.D., director of the Stroke Center. NYM received a five-star rating for stroke care.

In addition to the five-star rating, NYM was awarded the 2006 HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award. The Stroke Center at NYM, established in 2003, was one of the first New York State-designated Stroke Centers and continues to be a leader in the field. "The Hospital's Stroke Center has been instrumental in establishing the best protocol for treating stroke patients," said Susanna Horvath, M.D., director of the Stroke Center at NYM. "With the addition of well-qualified healthcare professionals and enhanced imaging techniques, we have made great strides in stroke care," she said.

As part of the Center, a full team of neurologists and other specialists are available 24 hours a day to provide stroke patients with the most appropriate care. Treatment options such as medications, new advanced surgery, neuroradiological procedures and life style changes, may be prescribed to reduce the risk of future strokes.

Health care professionals at NYM credit the multidisciplinary approach of the Birthing Center for its success in maternity care. "The accomplishments of the Birthing Center at NYM are attributed to the multi-disciplinary team, consisting of physicians, nurses and lactation consultants, who work together towards the primary goal of seeing healthy and happy families," said Theresa Uva, R.N., director of maternal-child health at NYM.

The Birthing Center at NYM provides the highest quality medical care while encouraging a "family-centered" birth experience. In addition to prepared childbirth courses, NYM offers breastfeeding classes before and after childbirth, as well as one-on-one lactation consultations when needed. "We do our best to ensure that the birthing experience is as pleasurable as possible," said Ms. Uva.

To find a physician affiliated with New York Methodist Hospital, please call 718.499.CARE.