SEATTLE, Nov. 29, 2011 – Swedish is proud to announce that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) designated four of its campuses – Cherry Hill, First Hill, Ballard and Edmonds – to provide stroke care. The Washington State DOH Emergency Cardiac and Stroke system was created to provide a statewide designation program that recognizes the level of stroke care capabilities available to stroke patients in medical facilities across the state. The Swedish Stroke System of Care has been certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center since 2004.
Swedish/Cherry Hill is one of only four hospital campuses in King County to receive Level I designation.
Washington DOH designated Swedish/Cherry Hill as a Level I facility, recognizing their leadership in providing stroke care to people throughout Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Swedish/Cherry Hill provides comprehensive stroke care – including acute thrombolytic interventions to break clots down and restore circulation, advanced diagnostic imaging to identify a blocked artery, and catheter-based interventions to re-open arteries. Swedish admits about 1,000 stroke patients annually, and provides 24/7 acute stroke care. In addition, Swedish/Cherry Hill is engaged in clinical research utilizing advanced diagnostic imaging and offering novel therapies for acute stroke patients.
“This is a wonderful recognition of the high level of care provided by the physicians and advanced care specialists in the Swedish system and at the Cherry Hill campus,” said William Likosky, M.D., medical director of the Stroke Program at Swedish’s Neuroscience Institute. “In the case of stroke, minutes count in preventing long-term neurological damages."
Swedish/First Hill and Swedish/Edmonds were designated as Level II facilities having demonstrated stroke-trained staff, clinical and administrative infrastructure, and support programs to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients.
Swedish/Ballard was designated as a Level III. Level III facilities have the infrastructure and ability to provide acute thrombolytic rescue therapy for stroke patients.
The Swedish Stroke System of Care has partnered with multiple hospitals throughout Washington state providing level I services for patients needing tertiary care. Additionally, Swedish embraces telemedicine technology to augment local care-delivery systems for acute stroke rescue therapy allowing patients local emergent access to stroke specialists. This is vital to assure optimal outcomes for patients in a diagnosis where by seconds count and ‘time is brain.’ As a reminder, if you or someone you know shows signs of a stroke, act FAST (F = facial weakness, A = arm or leg weakness, S = speech changes – slurred or sound strange, T = time is brain) and call 911 immediately.
Swedish has grown over the last 101 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 11,000 employees, more than 2,800 physicians and 1,700 volunteers. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); freestanding emergency departments and ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; Swedish Visiting Nurse Services; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 70 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.
In 2007, Swedish embarked upon an ambitious $100 million fundraising campaign. Campaign investments are used to support a wide variety of initiatives throughout the health-care system, including cancer, heart and vascular, women and children, neuroscience, and orthopedics as well as programs to support underserved populations. To date, the campaign has secured gifts totaling more than $82 million. For more information or to support the campaign, visit www.campaignforswedish.org.
About Swedish Neuroscience Institute
In 2004, Swedish expanded its neuroscience services by establishing the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. The team of leading neurologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists are building a world-class institute dedicated solely to the treatment and research of neurological disorders for patients in the Pacific Northwest. The Swedish/Cherry Hill campus is the hub for the Institute. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/neuroscience.