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We are proud of our two hospitals, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital for earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.
Both of our hospitals have also recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
As Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital continue to receive escalated recognition for applying the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient outcomes, our stroke team continues to have access to the latest stroke education and scientific guidelines to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment and highest level of care. This includes the latest advances in medications and preventative measures, including:
Cholesterol reducing medications
Clot-blotting and anti-clotting medications
Preventative action for deep vein thrombosis
Smoking cessation counseling
In collaboration with Yale New Haven Hospital, ECHN has implemented Telestroke video conferencing capabilities to connect our physicians with immediate remote access to some of Connecticut’s finest neurologists. Through the use of video and image-sharing telecommunications, stroke specialists provide real-time examination and diagnosis, and consult with our emergency medicine physicians team to develop immediate treatment plans.
It is important to know the warning signs of a stroke. To spot a stroke, think B.E. F.A.S.T.