August 01, 2013
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.