NASHVILLE, TN-August 13, 2008-Skyline Medical Center’s Stroke Program has again earned national certification as a primary stroke center.

The two-year certification, which was announced this week by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), means Skyline Medical Center cares for stroke patients in a coordinated, high-quality way that gives the best chance of a good outcome.

"Skyline Medical Center’s Stroke Center features a neurological intensive care unit, specialized nurses dedicated to caring for patients who have suffered a stroke and the most advanced treatment protocols available," said Skyline Neurological Intensive Care Unit Coordinator Debra Philpot, R.N. "Patients who arrive at Skyline’s emergency department with stroke symptoms are seen within minutes by highly trained specialists who immediately begin to make important treatment decisions24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Philpot says the primary stroke center designation is based on compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of established clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, as well as performance measurement and improvement activities. The certification recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care, thereby delivering the best care possible to their patients.

Philpot says some of the signs of a stroke include difficulty speaking or comprehending what’s going on around you; loss of feeling in your arms or legs; or a pounding head. Despite the fact that stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and a major cause of significant, long-term disability in stroke survivors, Philpot says many people are unaware of the warning signs and fail to call 9-1-1 when they occur.

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