Stroke Program Earns Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award
Jefferson Regional has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. This award recognizes achievement in reaching an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients for 24 consecutive months according to core standard levels of care as outlined by AHA/ASA.
Louise Urban said that receiving this award, in addition to the Primary Stroke Center distinction, reflects the success of Jefferson’s approach to multidisciplinary, patient and family-centered care “where the entire hospital is focused on achieving excellent results for our patients.”
Kim Finnerty added that “Jefferson Regional Medical Center made a commitment to the community to provide quality stroke care closer to home. I am proud to be part of a team that has achieved the highest standards of stroke care.”
Community Stroke Outreach
Jefferson Regional’s Stroke Outreach Program provides free stroke screenings throughout the year at the Medical Center and in the community. The Stroke Outreach program has reached more than 2,600 participants, according to program coordinator Mary Ann Farmerie, who said the programs are intended to reach those with limited or no insurance and those who do not seek preventive healthcare.
“More than 90 percent of those attending the program have been counseled for identified risk factors,” she said. “Some of the others were identified as being critical or urgent and were either taken to the Emergency Department or referred to their primary care physician for care.
Stroke Support Group
Jefferson Regional offers a free support group for stroke survivors and their families. Meetings, which include physical and cognitive activities and socialization, are held Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s 3 East Lounge. Members get together to share their experiences of stroke recovery and rehabilitation. They also enjoy special events, such as a recent potluck luncheon, in photo at left.
For more information or to join the support group, call 412-469-5868.