When it comes to stroke care, Asante is among the best
The past few years have seen many changes in Asante’s stroke program. These include adding BlueSky Telehealth as our teleneurology and telestroke provider, performing thrombectomies for large-vessel occlusions, increasing the number of thrombolytics administered to acute stroke patients across the system and growth of the stroke program in general.
This growth is due primarily because we are no longer sending patients out of the valley for advanced treatments such as thrombectomy. We can keep most patients with stroke here in our community where we can provide excellent care close to home. For these patients, community truly does live here.
In December 2021, ARRMC received Primary Plus Stroke Center certification from DNV. This recognizes ARRMC as the only certified thrombectomy-capable stroke center between Springfield and Redding. Furthermore, this certification recognizes the diligence and hard work of all those who interact with the stroke program.
DNV recognizes ARRMC as providing excellent stroke care starting with stroke recognition in the community to entering our system through the Emergency Department, and continuing through to the Cath Lab, ICU/IMCU, 5T and the other nursing units where patients may end up.
Our Inpatient Rehab Unit along with the nursing staff, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are also recognized for their phenomenal work in preparing stroke patients to return to their homes after rehab.
Last month, ARRMC and ATRMC were recognized for stroke excellence from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) program. This program recognizes hospitals who improve stroke care by consistently adhering to evidence-based guidelines that improve outcomes in stroke patients.
ATRMC received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver award and ARRMC received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus award. The silver and gold designation recognizes hospitals who have maintained at least 85% compliance in seven out of seven achievement measures. The Plus designation further recognizes hospitals who have achieved 75% or greater on at least four of six quality measures.
These awards recognize the collaborative efforts between providers, nursing and therapists that culminate in improved outcomes for stroke patients in our community.
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