St. Mary Stroke Center
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St. Mary has earned The Joint Commissions’ Gold Seal of Approval
and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s
Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.
This achievement of certification demonstrates St. Mary’s commitment
to the care of stroke patients by meeting rigorous regulations and requirements
including the delivery of care and performance improvement for our stroke patients.
As a Primary Stroke Center, St. Mary has an acute stroke team and neurologist
accessible 24/7 with designated stroke beds to track, monitor and report
performance measures of our patients. When minutes can significantly impact
the outcome of a patient who has suffered a stroke, it is important to
have the technology and staff readily available to intervene. By offering
a robust stroke care experience, we are able to provide faster care with
expert guidance, knowledge and framework that can lead to a more optimal recovery.
Components of the St. Mary Stroke Program include:
- Emergency services, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and able to respond
immediately when a stroke is suspected.
- A Stroke Program RN coordinator, who monitors the care of every stroke
patient in the hospital, helps assure seamless care through discharge
and beyond, and facilitates community awareness regarding stroke.
- Physician specialists, including neurologists.
- Evidence-based protocols for quick and capable response following guidelines
established by the American Stroke Association.
- On-site clot-busting medications (tPA) available for administration as
- Nursing care on the Medical Telemetry and Critical Care Units by nurses
who have special training and education in stroke management.
Rehabilitation Services by physical, occupational and speech therapists that begins while the
patient is hospitalized and continues on an outpatient basis.
- Screening programs to detect stroke risk, and identify specific preventive
measures before a stroke occurs.