Internal Communications: May 20, 2019
(Maumee, OH)—On May 13 St. Luke’s was visited by DNVGL Healthcare for the Primary Stroke Center Accreditation yearly visit. Because of all the hard work of everyone in many departments, the surveyor was truly amazed with the amount of positive change St. Luke’s has made in the past year. This surveyor reviews organizations around the country each week and he noted it was rare for an organization to implement this amount of successful change in such a short time. He recognized the entire team for comprehensive and effective patient stoke care processes. St. Luke’s stood out specifically as one of the few organizations that was able to decrease the “door to needle” (Alteplase) time and increase the number of patients that are able to receive Alteplase.Known as the “clot busting medication”, Alteplase plays a major role in advanced stoke treatment and optimum recovery.With the addition of Neuro Intervention Radiology, St. Luke’s is now able to provide high tech care in our community hospital. In the coming year, St. Luke’s hopes to pursue accreditation at the next level: Primary Stroke Center Plus.
Our stroke program, which includes Neuro-Intervention, allows St. Luke’s to make a significant difference in the lives of our patients and their families. It requires a dedicated team to continue to improve the stroke program. With the leadership of Ann Thompson, RN, our stroke coordinator and the entire stroke team, St. Luke’s has developed a reputation of providing top-notch stroke care. Additional recognition goes to all EMS providers, physicians, mid- level providers and all the key stroke care departments (ED, ICC, radiology/radiology nursing, CVU, lab, rehab services, etc.) that care for stroke patients. “It takes an exceptional team to provide exceptional care,” says Dan Wakeman, President and CEO. “St. Luke’s is fortunate to have such a team.”
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