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Providence Stroke Program Achieves Two Highest Honors

Published October 27, 2014

Stroke Team Award

Help us congratulate the Providence Regional Medical Center Stroke Unit for their superior work that was most recently recognized by receiving two of the highest awards by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations.

Gold Plus- This award recognizes stroke units who adhere to 85 percent or more of all achievement core measures and patient care for at least 24 months. This is the highest award in this category and this is the second year in a row the PRMCE stroke unit has achieved this honor.

Target Stroke Honor Role- This award focuses on acute strokes and the ability for patients to be treated, quickly in order to save the maximum amount of brain cells as possible. They must adhere to at least 85 percent of stroke guidelines and provide care in less than one hour over 50 percent of the time. This is the highest award in this category.

“These awards don't just represent the stroke unit, it’s really everyone,” says Lisa Shumaker, stroke program coordinator. The ability to provide care to a stroke patient involves so many caregivers from various departments around Providence including the ED, inpatient rehabilitation, lab, pharmacy, CCU, Neuro and many more.

Lisa also explained how important stroke awareness is for every caregiver in the hospital. “If every caregiver in the hospital is able to recognize the signs of a stroke, we start the process to get them the help they need quicker.”

In honor of National Stroke Day on Oct. 29, we encourage all caregivers to learn (or re-learn) the signs of a stroke with the acronym FAST.

  • F- Face Drooping- Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
  • A- Arm Weakness- Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S- Speech Difficulty- Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • T- Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.