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Citizens Medical Center joins DeTar Hospital with stroke certification

By JR Ortega
Jan. 13, 2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.

WHAT IS A STROKE?A serious medical condition that needs immediate medical attention. It is the leading cause of death in individuals and the number one cause of disability. During a stroke, the brain loses oxygen so that every minute lost before treatment begins equals brain tissue lost. Treatment within the first three hours after symptoms begin enables healthcare workers to better treat stroke and lessen damage caused by the attack.

SOURCE; Citizens Medical Center.

Melvin Janecka remembers getting home from work, sitting down on a sofa and then hitting the floor.

Janecka's wife and son rushed him to the Citizens Medical Center emergency room - Janecka was having a stroke.

"They handled it beautifully," he said.

In December, the hospital received a three-year certification from the Primary Stroke Program by DNV Healthcare Inc., an agency approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The hospital's certification was an expectation after the care Janecka received, he said.

"I've been very impressed," he said. "I couldn't move my left arm or leg and I had slurred speech."

The hospital is required to undergo several reviews that check the patient outcomes, assess the care and services provided. It also reviews the patient care settings and clinical records.

Lynne Voskamp, the chief nursing officer at the hospital, applauds both Citizens and DeTar hospitals for having stroke certifications.

"These programs standardize care throughout the country, so that patients experiencing symptoms of a stroke presenting to a hospital with a primary stroke program will receive the same standard of patient care," she said.

Janecka has now been rehabilitated but can't use his left arm.

He offered some simple advice.

"Keep a check on your blood pressure," he said.



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