2011 Target: Stroke Honor Roll Recipient
Officials at Good Shepherd Medical Center announced today their Primary Stroke Center has been recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, becoming one of ten hospitals in Texas to earn this distinction and the only hospital in East Texas. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Target: Stroke Honor Roll was achieved by successful administration of the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) within the crucial first hour of a stroke.
To achieve this recognition a hospital must have a minimum of six patients who qualify for the tPA intervention and successfully administer 50 percent within 60 minutes of arrival. Good Shepherd Medical Center exceeded the 50 percent goal and additionally has been successful in increasing its appropriate tPA usage to 13.7 percent, 8.7 percent higher than the national average.
“East Texas and the Longview community are fortunate that Good Shepherd invests in the medical expertise and resources needed to provide a Stroke program that receives this level of recognition,” said Ruth Caesar, MD, Good Shepherd Stroke Medical Director and neurohospitalist.
The Target: Stroke Honor Roll is one of many awards earned by Good Shepherd’s Primary Stroke Center, a component of Good Shepherd’s Neurological Institute. The stroke center, accredited in 2010, has previously been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with both Bronze and Silver Performance Achievement Hospital Recognition for achieving at least 90 consecutive days of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
“We are fortunate to have an excellent team of physicians, nurses, patient care techs, social workers and case managers that drive our excellent care. It is an honor to work with each one of them and it is the team’s commitment to this level of care that sets Good Shepherd apart,” said Kimberly Ottmers-Orman, BSN, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. The drug tPA dissolves clots and restores bloodflow.
“Our stroke program is a success because we have a staff that truly cares about providing the best possible stroke care to our patients,” Ottmers-Orman said.
Good Shepherd Medical Center cares for an average of 60 stroke patients each month and offers a wide range of services from preventative care to recovery care following a stroke. Emergency Room physicians at Good Shepherd are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and committed to providing quality care to all patients. Good Shepherd is Longview’s only Primary Stroke Center to offer neurosurgery coverage 24-hours a day, seven days a week supported by an in-house operating room team. Good Shepherd employs neurohospitalists whose practice is dedicated to treating hospitalized stroke patients. The stroke center continues to meet core measures as well as quality measures when it comes to caring for patients with a stroke. In addition, Good Shepherd offers the only area support group for stroke patients with efforts to improve awareness and education of stroke signs and symptoms.
For more information about Good Shepherd’s Primary Stroke Center, a division of Good Shepherd’s Neurological Institute please contact the Healthy Hotline at (903) 315-GSHS (4747).