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Stroke Center Receives New Designation
Media Contact Information:
Alicia Gonzalez
(818) 409-6604
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The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and Emergency Medical Services Agency have implemented a new program designating Glendale Adventist Medical Center as an Approved Stroke Center (ASC) in LA county.

This designation means that paramedics will take patients experiencing a stroke to a hospital such as Glendale Adventist that meets specific qualifications as an Approved Stroke Center, bypassing hospitals that have not earned this designation. Glendale Adventist is the only hospital in Glendale to receive this designation.

“We’re happy that the county recognizes the importance of rapid care for stroke patients,” says Gautam Kulkarni, director of Neuroscience Services at GAMC. “Studies have shown that patients who get help quickly and are taken to stroke centers have a greater chance for survival and recovery.”

To meet LA County requirements for Approved Stroke Centers, hospitals must meet the Joint Commission standards for Primary Stroke Center certification and must have an acute stroke team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, the EMS Agency has established policies governing ambulance transport to an ASC for stroke patients who meet specific medical criteria.

As the first Advanced Primary Stroke Center in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale Adventist Medical Center is specially equipped to treat stroke patients quickly. “Our team of stroke specialists have specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke,” says Kulkarni. “Additionally, our services cover all aspects of stroke, from initial diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and recovery.”

Read more about Approved Stroke Centers in the LA Times.