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Strides in Stroke – Fairview Park Named Primary Stroke Center and Receives Esteemed State Award

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April 10, 2012

Dublin, GA - Fairview Park Hospital recognizes that STROKE is the third leading cause of death in the United States and that Dublin/Laurens County is right in the middle of the “buckle of the stroke belt.”  As a result of that, Fairview has responded to this challenge to ensure best care for our stroke patients.  Recently, state and national organizations of excellence have recognized the strides made right here in our county.

After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Fairview Park Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Fairview Park has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

The Stroke Team at Fairview Park Hospital was also honored with the 2012 Georgia Coverdell Champion Hospital of the Year Award by the Georgia Coverdell Stroke Registry.  One of only four hospitals in the state, Fairview Park is at the top of the list for hospitals 101-350 beds in size.  Data for the award was collected during the time period from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011.

 “I am excited about our stroke program and our ability to provide neurology services 24/7,” says Rob Ward, Director of CardioPulmonary Services & Coordinator of the Stroke Program.  “We continue to improve our performance regarding this population and it’s awesome to be recognized for our hard work. We have seen lives changed as a result and that makes it all worth it!”

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 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.

About the Primary Stroke Center Distinction:

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.qualitycheck.org. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the Georgia Coverdell Registry:

Named in honor of the late Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia, who died of a massive stroke in 2000, the primary goal of the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry (GCASR) program is to improve the care of acute stroke patients in the hospital setting. The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control Paul S. Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry cooperative agreement and was established in 2001 as a prototype project implemented by the Emory University School of Medicine.  Full implementation and incorporation into the State’s Division of Public Health (DPH) began in 2005. 

This program addresses quality improvement in multiple areas of stroke care, from rapid screening, diagnosis, and intervention for patients experiencing an acute stroke, to secondary prevention measures such as blood pressure control, smoking cessation, and treatment of elevated cholesterol to reduce the incidence of recurrent stroke after hospital discharge. In addition, the program will also help improve the use of rehabilitation services for those who have experienced an acute stroke, in an effort to reduce long-term disability due to stroke.

Goals of the Registry

  • Increase quality improvement through collaborative efforts among participant hospitals.
  •  Lower the stroke morbidity experienced in Georgia.
  • Enhance the effectiveness of secondary care and prevent recurrent strokes.
  • Develop protocols to guide physician care with effective stroke management.
  •  Develop effective methods to care for acute stroke patients.
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