(Chicago, IL) Advocate Trinity Hospital, located at 2320 E. 93rd Street, has earned the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital earned this distinction after The Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in June 2010.
Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Care Center means that Advocate Trinity has met The Joint Commission's requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically-specific requirements and expectations. "Advocate Trinity Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients," says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.
This certification demonstrates Advocate Trinity Hospital's commitment to providing exceptional stroke care. "We are so proud of Advocate Trinity's accomplishment," says Alexis Barbour, Trinity's director of clinical operations and the administrative leader of the hospital's stroke program. "This was truly a team effort. Not only do we feature a program for acute stroke management when minutes count, but we also provide supportive services such as one-on-one counseling with an advanced practice nurse, neurology consultation by board-certified neurologists, stroke support groups, and community outreach."
Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today. "We cannot stress enough to the community that everyone needs to know the signs and symptoms of stroke such as facial droop, arm dropping and speech impairment," says Shahida Ahmad, MD, neurologist and medical director of Trinity's Neuroscience Institute. "Not only is Trinity doing its part, but we must all work together to improve stroke outcomes and the quality of life for the community. My hope is that this program will also increase awareness and help prevent future strokes. "
According to the American Heart Association, African Americans' rate of first stroke is almost double that of Caucasians, and their strokes tend to occur earlier in life. Trinity Hospital serves a population that is more than 80% African American.
"This is a program that is benefiting stroke victims," says Dr. Ahmad. "Through collaboration with the emergency department and patients' primary care physicians, the Trinity Hospital Stroke Program is able to provide the best possible outcome for the patient. We have the capability to use "tPA," which is a medication administered within three hours of stroke onset and can have the potential to drastically minimize the effects of stroke."
"We are blessed to have skillful physicians and hospital resources that meet the highest standards for preventing and treating strokes," said Jonathan Bruss, president of Advocate Trinity Hospital. "We report our stroke management data to a national database so that we can compare ourselves to peer hospitals with the same certification. We consistently find that for the indicators that indicate best practice in stroke care, we score in the top 10 percent of this database. "
This honor makes Trinity the sixth primary stroke center in the Advocate Health Care system, joining Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital and Advocate Lutheran Hospital in this accomplishment. According to The Joint Commission's website, Illinois currently has 46 primary stroke certified centers.
For more information on stroke, visit www.advocatehealth.com/stroke
Advocate Trinity Hospital is located on Chicago's southeast side. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties and 250 beds, Advocate Trinity Hospital provides Level II special nursery care, expanded cardiovascular services, electronic intensive care unit (eICU) monitoring that complements on-site ICU services, emergency care, and a wide range of community health programs.
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