New Hartford, NY (WIBX) - Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare is receiving an important award for excellent care of stroke patients.

The "Get with the Guidelines" Stroke Gold Plus award is administered by the American Heart and the American Stroke associations for providers who attain 85-percent or higher adherence to the achievement indicators for two or more years.

Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the award's steering committee, says adhering to these guidelines "is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients."