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Good Sam Earns Highest Possible Designation for Stroke Care

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has been designated a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare.

Following guidelines set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association for treatment of the most serious stroke events, this certification encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, rehabilitation and patient and community education. Primary stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication.

“This designation validates the hard work being done by everyone involved in the treatment of this devastating condition,” said hospital Vice President of Patient Care Services Bill Howden.  “The surveyor was very impressed by our patient outcomes and the improvements that have been made to our system for quickly identifying whether a patient is truly suffering from a stroke, if they are a candidate for time dependent drug therapy, as well as follow through for the patient during the hospital stay. These findings reflect the leadership of Stroke Services Coordinator and Registered Nurse Amie Joe Roper, Stroke Services Medical Director Dr. Richard LaFrance, along with our whole multidisciplinary team focused on the care of our stroke patients.”

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center cares for stroke patients from throughout the area served by Samaritan Health Services, including Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.
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