Samaritan hospitals honored for quality stroke care
Corvallis– Samaritan hospitals in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties have earned Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke awards by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The awards recognize commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The awards are:
Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
Samaritan Albany General Hospital – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
To qualify for the awards, 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 alteplase, known as tPA. This is 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.
“These awards represent a tremendous amount of teamwork, not just among our staff but with local EMS as well to provide coordinated stroke care to save brain tissue,” said Dan Sherman, RN, coordinator with the Samaritan Stroke Program. “Stroke care is very time-sensitive, and the fact that we have been recognized for so many years should be a source of pride for everyone who is involved in stroke care.”
Samaritan Albany General Hospital was also named a Primary Stroke Center by the accrediting agency DNV in 2019, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has been a Primary Stroke Center since 2012.
The Samaritan Stroke Services team of specialists work together from the beginning of a patient’s visit and follow their care throughout the patient’s time in the hospital. The team helps stop the stroke, to reduce the patient’s disabilities from the stroke. For more information, call 541-768-6737, emailSHSstrokeservices@samhealth.org or visit samhealth.org/Stroke.
Taking extra precautions while dating during COVID-19
Across Oregon, college students are returning to campuses and finding that dating and relationships are different than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking precautions to protect oneself and others from acquiring or spreading COVID-19 continues to be an important part of our everyday lives.
But, with the availability of vaccines and testing there is a natural desire to want to return to “normal,” to do the everyday activities we enjoy and probably took for granted before March 2020. For young adults, dating and intimacy can be particularly challenging with COVID-19 still being a risk factor.
5:25pm – Report of smoke in the forest off South Drift Creek Road – where South Drift Creek Road hooks up with Highway 229. Firefighters are trying to determine where the smoke is coming from.
5:35pm Smoke has drifted out of the immediate area.
5:45pm Firefighters have tracked down the source of the smoke. A homeowner is burning two burn piles. Firefighters and local law enforcement are on scene confirming two burn piles were burning some refuse. The fires have been drenched – the fires are out.
Cases and deaths from Delta Strain of the Covid-19 Virus
There are 25 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 3,594 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 3,359 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 313,161.
The 25 new deaths and 3,349 new cases reported today include data recorded by counties for the 3-day period between Friday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 19.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (26), Benton (74), Clackamas (258), Clatsop (15), Columbia (40), Coos (59), Crook (3), Curry (5), Deschutes (225), Douglas (115), Gilliam (1), Grant (3), Harney (18), Hood River (15), Jackson (226), Jefferson (32), Josephine (127), Klamath (56), Lake (16), Lane (363), Lincoln (35), Linn (171), Malheur (38), Marion (398), Morrow (14), Multnomah (413), Polk (55), Tillamook (19), Umatilla (49), Union (67), Wallowa (7), Wasco (23), Washington (313) and Yamhill (80).
Oregon reports 1,597 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sept. 17, 996 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sept.18, and 766 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sept.19.
It appears that those who haven’t been vaccinated yet are spinning the wheel at the gambling table.