Pardee Hospital designated as the only Stroke Capable Hospital in Henderson County
Created: Tuesday, 01 May 2012 08:49
Written by Kristie Harris
Pardee Hospital has been designated as the first and only Stroke Capable Hospital in Henderson County by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.
Early stroke treatment may decrease the amount of permanent damage to brain cells, decreasing the amount of disability. This special designation is only granted to hospitals that meet specific, enhanced care capability requirements related to the effective treatment of stroke patients 24 hours a day.
“All of us at Pardee Hospital are pleased to receive Emergency Medical Services recognition as Henderson County's only Stroke Capable Hospital. This designation is reserved for hospitals that have committed the resources and demonstrate a willingness to aggressively treat victims of acute stroke.
The critical factor in preventing death or severe disability for stroke victims is the time it takes from when the first symptoms are recognized, until the patient is diagnosed and treated. This designation as a Stroke Capable Hospital means that patients with symptoms of an acute stroke that require emergency medical intervention, can be brought to Pardee Hospital and will not have to be transported by paramedics out of this county.
During my career as an emergency physician, I have personally treated and seen the disability sparing results of rapid, aggressive stroke management. Organizations that make this commitment save lives and change lives in their community,” said Robert Kiskaddon, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Pardee Hospital.