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News Samaritan Recognized for Quality Stroke Care

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Samaritan Health Services hospitals across Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties have earned Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke awards by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The awards recognize commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Awards include:

  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center – Gold Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll Award
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  • Samaritan Albany General Hospital – Silver Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll Award
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  • Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital – Silver Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll Award
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  • Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Silver Plus Award

To qualify for the awards hospitals must meet specific goals in comprehensive stroke care and meet quality measures developed to minimize the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Samaritan Stroke Services Coordinator Carrie Manley, RN. “These awards recognize our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. We are proud of the dedication of care providers across the Samaritan system, as well as the close collaboration with regional EMTs.”

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. As a Primary Stroke Center, the hospital serves patients from Lincoln, Linn and Benton counties. 

The Samaritan Stroke Services team of specialists includes emergency room doctors, neurologists, nurses, speech language specialists and many others who work together to stop and reverse the damaging effects of a stroke.  For more information about Samaritan Stroke Services, call 541-768-6737, or visit samhealth.org/Stroke.

Learn more about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke awards.
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