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Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Stroke is the nation's fifth leading cause of death, with over 143,000 people dying from the medical emergency each year. On average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3-4 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.St. Mary-Corwin's Stroke Center is dedicated to caring for patients who have experienced a stroke, as well as educating our communities on the warning signs and risk factors of stroke. With the Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality from The Joint Commission, the Stroke Center certification acknowledges the high quality of care for acute stroke provided by St. Mary-Corwin in southern Colorado. St. Mary-Corwin's stroke program has been certified by The Joint Commission since 2006.To earn this disease-specific distinction, the stroke program was evaluated according to Joint Commission standards. The process involves assessment of the program's protocols, and includes interviews with patients and staff. Earning disease-specific certification further illustrates St. Mary-Corwin's dedication to the highest quality healthcare for patients. By certifying our stroke program, The Joint Commission is acknowledging nationally that our staff has been recognized for their knowledge and clinical expertise of evidence-based guidelines and national standards. St. Mary-Corwin's Stroke Center has also been awarded the Get with the Guidelines - Gold Crown Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart/Stroke Association for commitment and success in a higher standard of stroke care. To receive the award, St. Mary-Corwin demonstrated superior compliance in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like clot dissolving drugs, blood thinners, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.
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