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(DALLAS, TEXAS, Sept. 28, 2009) – Recognizing Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas’ Primary Stroke Care Center’s commitment to following national standards that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients, The Joint Commission recently awarded re-certification to the program. Baylor Dallas was the first hospital in the Dallas/Fort Worth region to receive the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care and certification as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission in 005.
“We are confident in our ability to provide expert care for stroke patients, and it is re-affirming to have our excellent care validated by The Joint Commission,” said Dion Graybeal, M.D., medical director of Baylor Dallas’ Primary Stroke Center and neurologist on the medical staff.
The re-certification survey involved a thorough review of all aspects of stroke care at Baylor Dallas, from patient care processes to employee credentials. According to the Joint Commission, achievement of certification signifies that the services the hospital provides have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. Beyond certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Baylor Dallas participates in other nationwide programs such as the American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines – Stroke” program in order to stay at the forefront of stroke treatment. According to the American Stroke Association, the “Get with the Guidelines – Stroke” program empowers health care providers to consistently treat stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines.
Baylor Dallas’ Primary Stroke Center features an acute stroke unit and advanced rehabilitation to help guide patients back from stroke. In the acute stroke unit, the care team provides acute stroke care with continuous neurological and cardiac monitoring. The medical staff team includes neurologists, emergency department physicians, interventional neuroradiologists, internists, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons and physiastrists. The unit is staffed with nurses certified in the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale. Occupational and physical therapists, and speech pathologists are key members of the team for comprehensive care and recovery.
According to the American Stroke Association, each year about 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year in the United States. On average, every three to four minutes someone dies of a stroke, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States when considered separately from other cardiovascular diseases. In addition, stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the country. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts or is clogged by a blood clot or some other particle. Because of this rupture or blockage, part of the brain does not get the blood and oxygen it needs. Deprived of oxygen, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain die within minutes.
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a 1025-bed not-for-profit academic hospital, is a major patient care and research center in the southwest. The nationally acclaimed medical center serves as flagship hospital for Baylor Health Care System and has earned Magnet status for "Excellence in Nursing Services" from the American Nurses Credentialing Center -- the organization's highest level of recognition. In addition to its
Level 1 trauma center, Baylor Dallas is also home to many nationally ranked centers of excellence including transplantation, cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology services, digestive diseases, neurosciences and gynecology. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report recognized Baylor Dallas for the 17th consecutive year in its "America's Best Hospitals" guide.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas or Baylor Health Care System.
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