SOURCE: Riverside Medical Center

Riverside Medical Center

October 15, 2009 22:49 ET

Stroke Center at Riverside Awarded National Certification

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - October 15, 2009) - Riverside Medical Center was recently the recipient of the Primary Stroke Center Certification by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. This nationally recognized stroke program is the only one in the area and proof of the forward thinking and care of the Riverside Medical Center Staff.

The stroke support team is made up of a dedicated team of board-certified neurologists and neurosurgeons serving the various Chicago south suburbs healthcare systems. These doctors are available year round to tend to the urgent needs of stroke patients in the area. Rounding out the team is the stroke coordinator, paramedics, ER staff, neuro-psychologist and certified neuroscience registered nurses, pharmacy and rehabilitation services.

LaRee Shule, RN, APN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse, understands that timing and planning is vital at the onset of a stroke. "Even before the patient arrives to the ER, there is communication between the ambulance team and the hospital. Each patient is evaluated immediately and treated within minutes. Every minute counts."

Timing is everything. Receiving prompt, symptom-specific treatment is what most often prevents or significantly reduces further strain or fatality. In many instances Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA), a medication given to certain kinds of stroke patients, is administered within three hours of stroke onset. With blood clots causing about 85 percent of all strokes, tPA assists with the dissolution of the clot and restores critical blood flow to the brain.

Riverside Medical Center, a southern Chicago hospital, remains as committed to prevention and follow-up care as they are to treating the stroke onset symptoms. Dr. Bruce Dodt, Riverside Board Certified Neurologist and Medical Director of the Stroke Program, played a key role in the recent recognition and plans to keep enhancing care on all fronts.

"This achievement is only the start, as continual performance observations and improvement are essential to maintaining such high standards. We will continue to keep up the great work and provide the best stroke care possible for our patients."

To find out more about the quality services offered by Riverside Medical Center, visit or call (815) 933-1671.

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