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Joint Commission recertifies Tuality Healthcare stroke program

October 02, 2013

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

Tuality Healthcare’s stroke treatment team received more good news recently – a recertification of Tuality’s standing as an advanced stroke center by the Joint Commission, the national accrediting agency for hospitals.

Tuality’s stroke program is on quite a roll. This is Tuality’s first recertification following the initial certification two years ago. Tuality also has received three prestigious awards from the American Heart Association – a Silver Plus award in 2011 and Gold Plus awards in 2012 and 2013 all for the stroke program at Tuality Healthcare.

“What this means is Tuality is certified to give the highest level of care possible for stroke patients,” said Dr. Daniel Friedman, a neurologist and Tuality Stroke Center director. “It is also very important in meeting the Meaningful Use guidelines of the Affordable Care Act.”

A team of experts from the Joint Commission made a site visit to Tuality and looked at charts and other documents and interviewed dozens of Tuality staff, including doctors, physical therapists, nurses, admitting personnel, lab personnel, radiologists and many more.

Tuality’s stroke team is made up of three neurology specialists – Dr. Friedman, Tuality Stroke Center director, Dr. Barbara J. Hills, MD, and Dr. Wan-jui Chen, MD, as well as three neurosurgeons, Dr. Fred C. Williams, MD, Dr. Keyvan Abtin, MD, and Dr. Bradley J. Bergquist, MD, plus Emergency Department, nursing staff and other Tuality Healthcare personnel.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. It is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. In stroke cases, Friedman said, the faster the diagnosis and treatment, the better the chance of limiting brain damage and potential long-term disability. Neurologists use the term Stroke: Time = Brain.

Recognizing the signs of stroke and calling 9-1-1 for immediate transport to a hospital are crucial aspects of stroke treatment. Friedman recommends that everyone should be able to recognize the signs of a stroke by learning and using the acronym F.A.S.T. F stands for checking for facial droop or an uneven smile; A stands for checking for arm numbness or weakness; S stands for recognizing slurred speech or difficulty speaking; and T stands for time to the hospital. If a citizen sees any of these signs, they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Click here to view a video featuring Dr. Friedman on stroke and stroke care

Click here to view a 30-second television commercial on the GoldPlus award