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Fast, quality care defines NCH stroke team

Friday, December 9, 2016

Backpack safety

When it comes to stroke care, it’s not just how well you treat a patient, but also how fast.

NCH receives high marks in both areas for stroke care, and was recently recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

What does that mean for the community? NCH’s award-winning stroke program has the staff, training and equipment to provide first-response care for stroke victims 24 hours a day.

Knowing the following stroke symptoms can save valuable time in getting medical attention:

  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body
  • Confusion or trouble speaking
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Within minutes of arriving at NCH, the stroke care team can provide fast treatment that will likely prevent clots from causing further damage.

Bev Horne knows. She arrived at NCH unconscious after suffering a life-threatening ruptured aneurysm in her brain. A brain aneurysm is a weak bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery. Horne was grateful for the care she received at NCH.

Horne and other patients told their stories about receiving stroke and neurological care at NCH during a recent celebration with the stroke team. NCH is one of just more than 100 hospitals in the U.S. that have received the Comprehensive Stroke Center certification.

The Joint Commission certification is just the latest recognition for the NCH stroke team. NCH is the only hospital in Illinois to receive the 2017 Healthgrades® Neurosciences, Stroke Care and Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award. In fact, NCH was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care for its performance in 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as defined by Healthgrades, which evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country.

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