Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital has earned the Silver Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
On Monday, May 21, Elizabeth Peterson, regional director, Quality and Systems Improvement for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, presented the award to Lesley Ogden, CEO, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, in a celebration ceremony at SPCH.
To qualify for this award, hospitals must meet specific goals in comprehensive stroke care and meet quality measures developed to minimize 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. If given in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Samaritan Stroke Services Coordinator Carrie Manley, RN. “These awards recognize our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. We are proud of the dedication of care providers across the Samaritan system, as well as the close collaboration with regional EMTs.”
The Samaritan Stroke Services team of specialists includes emergency room doctors, neurologists, nurses, speech language specialists and many others who work together to stop and reverse the damaging effects of a stroke. For more information about Samaritan Stroke Services, call 541-768-6737, or visit samhealth.org/Stroke.