SCL Health System Care Site Named Stroke-Ready by American Heart Association
June 27, 2012
St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kan., a member of SCL Health System, was officially designated Stroke Ready by the American Heart Association and the Kansas State Stroke Task Force. The care site was recognized for its active participation in the Kansas Initiative for Stroke Survival (KISS).
St. Francis Health Center is classified as an Emergent Stroke Ready facility. Emergent Stroke Ready hospitals (ESRHs) can diagnose, treat and transport acute stroke patients to a higher level of care as warranted. ESRHs must also annually attest to the Kansas State Stroke Task Force their continued compliance with designation criteria.
“Because stroke treatment must be initiated within a very short time frame, it is crucial that medical facilities, regardless of size, be prepared to evaluate and treat these patients and, if necessary, transfer them to a larger facility,” said Dr. Lechtenberg, neurologist and chair of the Kansas State Stroke Task Force.
Getting patients to a Stroke Ready hospital quickly improves their chances of survival and recovery. Just as critical is educating the public to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke and to call 9-1-1. Stoke symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden severe headache with no known cause.
“We are proud of St. Francis for receiving this designation,” said Michael A. Slubowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, SCL Health System. “Being a Stroke Ready hospital will help us save more lives and deliver improved patient-centered care for people in Kansas.”
About SCL Health System
Based in Denver, SCL Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization operating 11 hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health treatment center and more than 100 ambulatory service centers in four states – California, Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.7 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. On an annual basis, SCL Health System provides more than $220 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCL Health System was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. In 2011, the sisters transferred sponsorship of SCL Health System to Leaven Ministries.