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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital receives national and state recognition for its stroke prevention and care programs

Sugar Land, TX - 10/10/2011

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is playing a major role in stroke prevention and care. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. today.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Stroke Care TeamMethodist Sugar Land Hospital's Stroke Care Team

The hospital was recently named a Primary Stroke Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services, a designation given only to health care institutions that have demonstrated commitment to stroke prevention and services, including a dedicated stroke unit; 24-hour stroke team; trained emergency department personnel; 24-hour neuro-imaging and lab services; neurosurgical, neurological and medical support services; and a public education program.

In addition, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award.  The honor recognizes Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and these recent awards demonstrate that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Amitabh Shukla, M.D., Medical Director of the Methodist Sugar Land Stroke Program.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

“The mortality rate for stroke in Harris and surrounding counties is twice as high as the national average, making it even more important for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to bring this higher standard of stroke care to Fort Bend County residents,” said Maria Socci, Manager, Stroke Program.

“Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a stroke. Customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.

“The time is right for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines–Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Janet Leatherwood, CNO at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For a physician referral, please call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500, or visit MethodistSugarLand.com.

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