GALESBURG (April 2, 2020) – OSF HealthCare St Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois, has received designation as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH) from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
“This designation is possible only as a result of the hard work across our OSF Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Laboratory, and Neurology teams, as well as that of the EMS providers,” said Lisa DeKezel, President of OSF St. Mary. “Our Mission Partners’ commitment to the provision of high quality care in a matter of minutes is reflected in not only this distinction, but the care provided every day to our communities.”
The Primary Stroke Center Laws passed in 2009 and updated in 2015, allows the IDPH to identify hospitals capable of providing emergent stroke care and directs EMS providers to transport possible acute stroke patients to these hospitals.
“OSF St. Mary’s stroke certification signifies the dedication and teamwork of our Mission Partners,” said Mindy Pilger, coordinator of emergency preparedness. “All of our Mission Partners are driven by their gift of caring.”
This designation is a tribute to the collaborative teamwork between EMS services and the hospital’s departments. The team streamlines processes for early identification and rapid diagnosis of stroke to ensure our patients receive high-quality and timely care.
To receive the designation, hospitals must measure their outcomes and times to treatment and are subject to random inspections by the state.
In the event of a stroke, think FAST. FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke.
Face - Ask the person to smile or show teeth. Is the person's smile uneven or one side drooping?
- Arm - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the speech slurred? Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time - If one of these symptoms is present, don't drive; call 9-1-1 and check the time for when the first symptoms appeared.