News From:For Immediate Release                                                           March 21, 2013Contact:    Damian...
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Joint Commission Awards Advanced Certification to South Nassau’s Stroke Center


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The certification confirms that South Nassau is making exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.

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Joint Commission Awards Advanced Certification to South Nassau’s Stroke Center

  1. 1. News From:For Immediate Release March 21, 2013Contact: Damian Becker, Manager of Media Relations (516) 377-5370 Joint Commission Awards Advanced Certification to South Nassau’s Stroke Center Oceanside, NY… South Nassau Communities Hospital has been awarded The Joint CommissionAdvanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The certification confirms that South Nassau is making“exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.” “This signifies to the communities we serve that the quality care we provide is effectively managed tomeet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients,” said Richard Murphy, president and CEO at SouthNassau. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality thatreflects a hospital’s commitment to fulfilling demanding performance standards. Joint Commission AdvancedCertification for Primary Stroke Center is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accreditedacute care hospitals. The certification was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association(ASA) and is based on the Brain Attack Coalitions "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary StrokeCenters." To earn the certification, South Nassau underwent a thorough and rigorous on-site review by surveyorswith expertise in stroke care. The certification is based on successful demonstrated compliance in stroke carestandards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement. At the end of the first year of the two-year certification, the organization is required to participate in a conference call to attest to its continuedcompliance with the standards and to review performance improvement activities. Certified primary strokecenters must collect and report on eight core stroke measures. South Nassau is in the vanguard of hospital stroke care. It is a recipient of the Get With TheGuidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and is on the ASA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll forimproving stroke care. To qualify for the honor roll, a minimum of 50 percent of the hospital’s eligibleischemic stroke patients must have received tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 60 minutes of arriving atthe hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drugapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If givenintravenously in the first few hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly
  2. 2. reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability (unfortunately, tPA therapy is not an option forpatients who are having a hemorrhagic stroke, which is when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or bursts, or haveone or more of the following conditions: bleeding ulcer, blood clotting problems, brain cancer, extremely highblood pressure, prior bleeding problems or are on certain blood-thinning medications). South Nassau’s Emergency Services Department is designated a regional Stroke Center by the NewYork State Department of Health. Including highly skilled, board-certified physicians with expertise in treatingstroke, the department provides: • Rapid assessment of patients with stroke symptoms • On-site new generation CT scanner that minimizes exposure to radiation • Prompt treatment using advanced therapies and procedures • Comprehensive neurological and neurosurgical care throughout hospitalization • Nurses with special training in stroke care • Stroke support group • Community education As southern Nassau’s only Trauma Center, the department has over 35 large independent treatment baysand specialty areas including Pediatrics and Behavioral Health as well as its own dedicated Digital Radiologysuite for rapid access for testing and results. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth-leadingcause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someonesuffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer anew or recurrent stroke each year. All of the major symptoms of stroke appear suddenly, and without warningand they are often not painful. The most common symptoms of stroke can be remembered by the acronymFAST: F = Face: Is one side of the face drooping down? A = Arm: Can the person raise both arms, or is one arm weak? S = Speech: Is speech slurred or confusing? T = Time: Time is critical!! Call 9-1-1 immediately!Other, less common symptoms of stroke are sudden trouble seeing, sudden dizziness, and generalized weakness.If you or someone you are with is experiencing some or any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profitteaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, painmanagement, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers,South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with theNovalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke