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St. Mary Medical Center Receives National Recognition for Quality Stroke Care

LANGHORNE, Pa., June 3, 2014 – St. Mary Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ and recertification as a Primary Stroke Center.St. Mary Medical Center is among a distinguished group of U.S. hospitals to earn national recognition for its compliance with the latest hospital guidelines for the treatment of stroke with the goal of improving patient outcomes. In addition, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently recognized St. Mary for consistent adherence to Get With The Guidelines™ achievement indicators and quality measures and received the Stroke Gold Plus-Target Honor Roll distinction.

As a Primary Stroke Center, we are committed to educating the community about the warning signs of stroke and the need to call 9-1-1 so that life-saving care can begin as soon as the highly skilled EMS (Emergency Medical Services) responders arrive. Upon arrival to St. Mary Medical Center, a dedicated emergency-response stroke team provides rapid assessment, accurate diagnosis, and prompt treatment of both acute ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes using the latest evidence-based medical guidelines.

Dr. Howard Natter, a board-certified neurologist with more than 20 years of experience in the care of stroke patients, is the Medical Director of the St. Mary Primary Stroke Center.

“St. Mary Medical Center has one of the busiest stroke programs in the area, and from the moment a potential stroke patient arrives in our Emergency Department, our specialized team works together to quickly evaluate and provide individualized treatment for each patient. Our goal is to prevent and minimize the potential for brain damage and disability by using the most advanced medical therapies, pharmaceuticals, and interventional neurosurgical techniques,” says Dr. Natter.

The patient care team includes an acute stroke program coordinator and a dedicated nurse practitioner, who helps direct individualized treatment plans. Speech, physical, and occupational therapies are provided by brain-injury-certified rehabilitation professionals. Other resources include discharge planning and home-care assessments, a stroke support group, and educational programs for stroke survivors and family caregivers.

The St. Mary stroke program is part of the St. Mary Neurosciences Center, which provides specialized care for injuries and illnesses that affect the brain, nervous system, and spine. St. Mary also has a specialized Intensive Care Unit with monitored neurosciences care for people recovering from stroke. Patients also have access to a full continuum of rehabilitative services and supportive-care resources offered by the Medical Center.

In addition, the St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital, located across the street from the Medical Center main campus, has a specialized unit with highly skilled staff dedicated to treating patients recovering from a stroke after their discharge from an acute-care hospital.