Wellington Regional Medical Center has been named a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV, reflecting the highest level of accreditation for treatment of serious stroke events.
"With stroke care, you must have the best clinicians and resources, but also the ability to act with extreme efficiency because of the time-critical nature of these events," said Pam Tahan, Wellington Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. "This certification is an indication of the hospital’s commitment to the health and safety of our patients who might be experiencing stroke symptoms."
The DNV Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association®, and affirms that Wellington Regional addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. A Comprehensive Stroke Center can typically treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication and has a team ready to rapidly provide care. It is estimated that 1.9 million neurons can die per minute when a stroke is left untreated. That is 32,000 brain cells per second. Speed is the key to effective stroke treatment since cells and tissue lost during a stroke do not recover.
"Wellington Regional cares for stroke patients with a team approach," said Adam Bromberg, MD, Wellington Regional Emergency Department Medical Director. "It begins with the EMS team notifying the hospital of a possible stroke patient so our multidisciplinary stroke team can assemble and be ready from the moment the patient enters the ER. Working collaboratively allows our medical team to be prepared for any circumstance and react rapidly to provide appropriate care for the patient. The faster we can begin appropriate treatment, the better the outcome for stroke patients."
"Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence," said Patrick Horine, President of DNV Healthcare USA Inc. "It helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level."
DNV is a global independent certification, assurance and risk management provider, operating in more than 100 countries. Through its broad experience and deep expertise, DNV advances safety and sustainable performance, sets industry benchmarks, and drives innovative solutions. Whether certifying a company’s management system or products, accrediting hospitals, providing training, or assessing supply chains or digital assets, DNV enables customers and stakeholders to make critical decisions with confidence, continually improve and realize long-term strategic goals sustainably.