Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital has earned the 2020 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
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 Alteplase (tPA). This is 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.
“I want to acknowledge all of our hospital staff and clinicians, as well as local EMS for their dedication to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines,” said Emergency Physician Daniel Sprague, MD. “This award represents the devotion and focus on patient care our team commits to every day.”
“Hospitalists are passionate about improving patient’s lives,” said Medical Director William Barish, MD. “Quality care is at the core of our values and we strive to provide excellent service to our community every day. We are delighted to share this achievement with all of our stakeholders.”
The Samaritan Stroke Services team of specialists work together from the beginning of a patient’s visit and follow their care throughout the patient’s time in the hospital. The team helps stop the stroke from evolving, to reduce the patient’s disabilities from the stroke. For more information about Samaritan Stroke Services, call 541-768-6737, email SHSstrokeservices@samhealth.org or visit samhealth.org/Stroke.
Learn more about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke awards.