Stroke is the No. 5 killer in West Virginia, claiming the lives of nearly 1,200 people every year, which makes having access to comprehensive stroke care critical to survival.
CAMC has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, the newest Medicare-approved hospital accreditation program. In addition, the hospital has received accreditation by DNV’s National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organization (NIAHO) program.
“To be designated as a Primary Stroke Center means that every facet of our program, from prevention and emergency care to inpatient treatment and rehabilitation, measures up to very high standards for health care safety and quality of care set by medical experts,” said Dave Ramsey, president/ CEO of CAMC. “It also emphasizes to the public and emergency medical service professionals that CAMC is one of the best-equipped treatment centers for people suffering a stroke.”
Research has shown that stroke patients treated at Primary Stroke Centers have better outcomes due to processes put in place to treat this life-threatening problem.
CAMC’s interdisciplinary stroke team offers a 24/7 rapid response process for incoming stroke patients. Specially trained in the latest methods of stroke care, the team includes physician specialists in emergency medicine, neurology and radiology, as well as nurses, clinical pharmacists, acute care therapists, case managers and social workers.