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Lutheran Hospital Receives Stroke Center Re-Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Thursday, May 20, 2010) — Lutheran Hospital announced it has received the Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission. The two-year re-accreditation was obtained last month after an on-site review was conducted by a surveyor from The Joint Commission.

Process improvements and program management are key areas of interest for The Joint Commission. Six areas or domains are closely reviewed for accuracy and efficiency including: urgent care assessment, acute care hospitalization or treatment, risk factor modification, secondary prevention, patient education and patient rehabilitation.

In addition, the surveyor considers five time measurements for the delivery of patient care during the urgent care assessment. The most important time measurement is the amount of time that elapses from when the patient enters the emergency room to when he or she is administered a clot busting drug.

"It's reassuring to Lutheran Hospital and to the community to again receive an endorsement from The Joint Commission which we consider the gold standard of quality patient care," said Lisa MacDonald, executive director, neuroscience services, Lutheran Hospital. "The goal of our stroke program is to preserve quality of life through cutting-edge technology, careful detail to the process of caring for the patient and assisting the patient and his family to gain understanding of how to modify his lifestyle to reduce the risk of further stroke."

Approximately 795,000 people experience a stroke each year, according to the American Heart Association. Roughly 610,000 are initial strokes and the remaining 185,000 are recurrent attacks. The National Center for Health Statistics shows that stroke is the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.

"Having a cohesive team in place is paramount when minutes can make a major difference in a patient's outcome," said Thomas Banas, MD, medical director, Lutheran Stroke Center. "We have been blessed with exceptional components required to treat stroke. With these elements in place, we are able to provide acute stroke care at a level comparable to the finest programs in the country."

Dr. Banas elaborated on the components of Lutheran's Stroke Center to include:

  • state-of-the-art technology at Lutheran Hospital;
  • a supportive administration lead by Joe Dorko;
  • precise, detailed neuroscience staff including Lisa MacDonald and Lisa Guyll;
  • extremely competent emergency physicians, hospitalists and neurologists;
  • available interventionalists; and
  • a regional stroke care telemedicine network.

 

According to the National Stroke Association, there are two types of risk factors for stroke: controllable and uncontrollable. Controllable risk factors generally fall into two categories: lifestyle risk factors or medical risk factors. Both types can be managed best by working with a doctor, who can prescribe medications and advise on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Uncontrollable risk factors include being over age 55, being male, being African-American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander, or having a family history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).


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