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Make room in the trophy case for another Gold Plus stroke award

April 11, 2013

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

Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro has received a second Gold Plus stroke award from the American Heart Association. The 2013 award, called the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, follows a similar Gold Plus award in 2012 and Silver Plus award in 2011.

What the string of awards means is Tuality Healthcare and its stroke team provides the highest standard of stroke care, which reduces death and disability and improves the lives of stroke patients. The award honors the stroke team for 85 percent, or higher, adherence on 10 quality stroke achievement measures over a 24-month period.

“This was a team effort,” said Dr. Daniel Friedman, head of Tuality’s highly skilled stroke team. “I have a whole lot of people to thank – physicians, pharmacy, administration, nurses, emergency department. There really are dozens of people who are responsible for this award.”

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.

The GoldPlus award is an extension of the stroke team’s Silver award from 2011. Tuality also is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

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.

To view a video featuring Dr. Friedman on stroke and stroke care, go to:
http://youtu.be/Q1mr9lOvMN4

To view a 30-second television commercial on the GoldPlus award, go to:
http://youtu.be/aMoX3BltizA