Glendale Adventist Medical Center Launches Stroke Alert Team
With the recent launch of the Stroke Alert Team, Glendale Adventist takes a critical step in its path to full accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center. As it is, GAMC is the only hospital in the area to have all of the components of a primary stroke center, and if certified by the Joint Commission, GAMC will join UCLA as one of two Primary Stroke Centers in LA County.
When a patient comes to GAMC with signs of a stroke, the goal is to treat the patient in under an hour. To accomplish this, neurologists, radiologists, pharmacists, and over 20 other medical staff who comprise the Stroke Alert Team rush into action. Each team member has unique responsibilities aimed at cutting time and giving immediate care. “This will be a great aide to the community because it means very organized and coordinated care,” said Cynthia Cabatan-Awang, director of neuroscience services. “There is a specific time window with a flow of procedures to follow and we will be able to deliver treatment with no time wasted.”
On the hospital side, flyers, posters and bookmarks have appeared explaining how to recognize the signs of stroke. “My position involves educating, not only the community, but also hospital staff about stroke,” said Michelle Jocson, the new clinical program/stroke coordinator at GAMC. “We’ve reached the community through screenings like the NBC Telemundo health clinic or the Legs for Life screening. And now I want all the units and departments in the hospital to be on board: from the ED to the housekeeping. Everyone needs to know the five signs of stroke if we are going to be a Primary Stroke Center.”
GAMC is now a hopeful candidate for becoming a Stroke Center, and will begin to take the necessary steps to seek final approval. “We are applying for a site pre-visit and if they tell us that everything is in place, we can apply for Joint Commission Certification,” said Cynthia. “The Stroke Team was the last piece of the stroke center infrastructure, so we are perhaps closer to becoming certified than we originally thought.”
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