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news Heart & Vascular in this issue: HFAP/Stroke Accreditation Take It to Heart: Q&A with Dr. Shane Parmer FAST Facts of Stroke of interest: Summer Heart Healthy Recipe MEMORI A L HE A LTH SYSTEM • AUGUST 2013 HFAP/Stroke Accreditation It wasn't by a stroke of luck that Marietta Memorial Hospital recently became the first and only hospital in the Mid-Ohio Valley to be certified as a primary stroke center. This earned designation means that MMH meets or exceeds all the standards of care recommended by the American Stroke Association and the Brain Coalition. Marietta Memorial Hospital has developed the goal to provide optimal stroke care for the community through collaboration with physicians. This provides an integrated, highly coordinated continuum of stroke care applied through clinical service excellence, best practice standards and compassionate care. When HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program) surveyors came to the hospital in late June, it was confirmed that MMH had met that goal. HFAP reviewed the stroke center's coordination with emergency medical services, emergency department stroke care, inpatient stroke care and community stroke education. After the survey, MMH had met the specific standards for turnaround time of emergency department patient presentation to diagnosis and treatment; use of best practice standards in stroke care in the emergency department, inpatient care and rehabilitation; and the availability of specialized physician and hospital staff specifically trained to treat acute stroke. At the end of the day, the HFAP surveyor had a compliment to offer, saying, "The program is very strong and really well done. It's the best I've ever seen for stroke." This three year certification as a primary stroke center proves that the stroke center at MMH is setting a high standard for stroke care in the area. The stroke system allows the individual to receive optimal evidence based stroke care while remaining in our community. Heather Weber, MSN, CRRN, RN, Program Director link through OhioHealth that allows Riverside neurology physicians to interact with patients and MMH emergency department physicians as necessary, enhancing the stroke care delivery system. Julian Jakubowski, DO, emergency department physician, working remotely with a stroke specialist at Ohio Health. Marietta Memorial Hospital applies evidence-based practice through a multidisciplinary team approach to the acute diagnosis, stabilization including acute medical and surgical treatments of acute ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, as well as early inpatient management, secondary prevention and complication management. If you have any questions about our recent HFAP accreditation or about our stroke program, please contact Heather Weber at (740) 374-1628. Marietta Memorial Hospital has worked on developing the components of their stroke system, which has led to major advances in stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The process has allowed the distinct components to be better integrated into systems of stroke care. MMH also partners with a telemedicine 1

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