December 27, 2011
WICHITA, Kansas – Wesley Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for reaccreditation of its Primary Stroke Center. The reaccreditation means that Wesley meets national standards that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients, according to Jean Range, executive director for disease-specific care certification at The Joint Commission.
“We are proud to achieve this distinction, says Hugh Tappan, Wesley President/CEO. “Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center certification recognizes Wesley’s commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”
A Primary Stroke Center is a ‘integrated system approach for stroke prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation’ with coordination of the services caring for the TIA/stroke patient. Wesley’s Stroke Center is staffed by team of trained nurses, physicians, radiology and laboratory technicians, physical and occupational therapists, and speech pathologists.
“It takes a tremendous amount of work to coordinate all the departments,” said neurologist Calvin Olmstead, M.D., medical director of Wesley’s Stroke Center. From the ambulance crew to the ER, the imaging department, intensive care unit, pharmacy, lab, rehabilitation staff, and more, several areas must work together to meet the patient’s individual need.
Sometimes called a “brain attack,” stroke is caused when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, either by a clogged artery or bleeding into the brain. Every second a stroke goes untreated more brain tissue is destroyed. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the major cause of serious long-term disability in the United States.
“It is important to recognize the symptoms of a ‘brain attack’ and seek care within the first hour of symptom onset. The symptoms may vary from sudden confusion, vision loss, speech or swallowing difficulty, numbness/tingling of an arm or leg, to an extreme one-sided weakness or paralysis. Once at a Primary Stroke Center, evaluation and treatment begins with focus on immediate intervention to stop ‘the blood flow interruption’ of the brain; therefore, limit the disability, while finding the cause of the stroke, and creating a comprehensive treatment plan, including a goal-oriented rehabilitation program,” stated Carolyn Earnest, RN Wesley Stroke Program Coordinator.
Wesley has been an accredited a Primary Stroke Center since 2009. For more information about Wesley and its Stroke Center, go to wesleymc.com.
Wesley Medical Center is an acute care hospital providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Every year, more than 25,000 adults and children are inpatients and more than 6,000 babies are born at Wesley. Wesley is especially also noted for its emergency care, Children’s Center, cardiovascular services, and pediatric care. It features the area’s only Pediatric ER and Gamma Knife Center. Wesley was founded in 1912 by the Southwestern Conference of the Medical Methodist Church and became an HCA facility in 1985. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit wesleyintensivecaring.com.
The Joint Commission, founded in 1951, seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.