Hospital staff honored for care of stroke patients

Gavin Maliska, Managing Editor, Greenwood Commonwealth

The emergency room doctors, nurses and staff at Greenwood Leflore Hospital were rec­ognized Monday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for making sure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment.

Kristen Isom, director of quality systems improvement for Mississippi and Memphis for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, visited the ER to pre­sent a plaque and congratulate the staff for “raising the bar for stroke care in your hospi­tal.”

According to the associations, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

The associations have a set of guidelines for stroke patient treatment based on nationally recognized research and the latest scientific evidence. Isom said the award recognizes Greenwood Leflore Hospital has met those guidelines for nearly three years.

“It’s not easy, all day, every day to get everybody moving in the same direction,” she said.

The award means the hospi­tal met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, including evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients, according to the associations.

Before discharge, patients also receive education on man­aging their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions, the guidelines state.

“Greenwood Leflore Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Dr. Ravi Pande, Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s neurologist and director of Stroke Services.