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Palmetto General Hospital reunites stroke survivors with first responders and hospital staff who saved them

Palmetto General Hospital reunites stroke survivors with first responders and hospital staff who saved them

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 1.55.50 PMIn August of 2016, Palmetto General Hospital, part of the Advanced Neuroscience Network (ANN), earned the recognition from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. As one of only two comprehensive centers in South Florida and four in the state with this distinction, Palmetto General Hospital is part of an elite group of providers focused on provided complex and quality stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care.

Palmetto General Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care goes beyond having the capabilities to perform advanced acute procedures to stroke patients, they are also actively informing and educating the community as to the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Most recently, the team at Palmetto General Hospital reunited stroke survivors with Emergency Medical Service teams and the Stroke and Neurointerventional Team that worked to save their lives.

The stroke survivor event was done to not only highlight the patients and their family members, but to serve as way to highlight the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke and why time is brain. For every minute that a patient goes without receiving interventional care, they lose 1.9 million neurons. This event highlighted the significance that community awareness can bring as well as the importance of the relationship that Palmetto General Hospital has with EMS providers in educating them to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke and triage patients in the field.

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