June 6, 2017 — Marshall Hospital protocols suggest the deadline to
give a stroke patient potentially life-saving treatment after they enter
the emergency department is 60 minutes.
This ability to properly assess, diagnose and save stroke victims from
debilitating injury or death has earned Marshall its latest honor. For
the second straight year, the American Heart Association awarded Marshall
Medical Center its Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality
Achievement Award. Marshall also qualified for recognition on the Target:
Stroke Elite Honor Roll.
This award recognizes Marshall Medical Center’s commitment and success
in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that their
stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based
standards and recommendations. Facilities earn the honor by scoring in
the 85th percentile or higher of seven – six for inpatients, one
for outpatient treatment – stroke-related metrics.
“Our team works really hard for patients and their families,”
Marshall Performance Improvement / Stroke Specialist Janice Weaver said.
“Awards like this show our hard work is paying off. But the greatest
accomplishment is found in the outcomes of the patients. Everything we
do is to make a difference for the outcome of the patient.”
For possessing a wide range of stroke treatments, Marshall is accredited
by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.
The emergency department’s stroke team – a physician, registered
nurse (RN), phlebotomist and CT technician – serves as its primary
line of defense. In 2016 the hospital treated 265 stroke patients. Many
of them received thrombolytic plasminogen activator (tPA) – aka
“clot-busting” - - medication.
“A lot of patients when they arrive, they can’t move. They
can’t speak. That medication can be the difference between temporary
limitations and a lifetime of them,” Weaver said.
Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare
provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical
Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility
with 125 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron
Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education
programs. Marshall has over 200 physicians and 1,500 employees providing
quality healthcare services to more than 180,000 residents of El Dorado County.