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Tuality stroke team lands third Gold Plus award for stroke

April 29, 2014

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Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro has received a third Gold Plus stroke award from the American Heart Association.  The 2014 award, called the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, follows similar Gold Plus awards in 2012 and 2013. 

The three awards signify that patients at Tuality Healthcare will receive the highest standard of stroke care from its dedicated stroke team. The highest standard results in a reduction in death and disability from stroke, and an improvement in the quality of life for 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. 

“Great job,” said Eunice Rech, Tuality’s chief clinical officer and administrator of quality services. “Thank you to all members of the stroke team. Your commitment to excellence is a great example of cooperation, coordination and patient centered care.” 

Tuality’s stroke team is made up of two neurology specialists – Dr. Dan Friedman, Tuality Stroke Center director,  and Dr. Barbara J. Hills, MD, and 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 2014 Gold Plus award is the fourth year in a row Tuality has been honored by the American Heart Association. Tuality received a Silver Plus award in 2011. Tuality also is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. 

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. In stroke cases, the faster the diagnosis and treatment, the better the chance of limiting brain damage and potential long-term disability, said Dr. Friedman. 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. The best way to recognize the signs of stroke is 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1mr9lOvMN4