Designation highlights dedicated stroke-focused program staffed by medical professionals trained in stroke care.
HONOLULU — The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, in collaboration with The Joint Commission, recently certified Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center, signifying the hospital’s stroke program meets treatment guidelines for the management, delivery, and support of stroke care.
As a certified Primary Stroke Center, Moanalua Medical Center has met specific scientific guidelines for delivering stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must set up a dedicated stroke-focused program staffed by medical professionals trained in stroke care, tailor individualized care based on the patient’s needs, involve patients in their own hospital care, coordinate discharge instructions for the patient’s self-care, and streamline patient information to assure privacy and security. The hospital must also maintain stroke treatment data and use that data to assess and measure its performance.
“When a stroke patient comes to our hospital, every second counts. Our dedicated team of doctors and care providers trained in stroke care make all the difference when it comes to caring for our patients and helping them recover,” said Todd Devere, MD, chief of the division of neurology at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our hospital’s recognition by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association as a Primary Stroke Center confirms we are providing our patients with the highest level of care.”
The Primary Stroke Center certification program, launched in December 2003 by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission, is based on recommendations from the Brain Attack Coalition.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number 4 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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