Lodi hospital awarded stroke certification

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Adventist Health Lodi Memorial has joined the ranks of care organizations that provide the best in stroke care.

The Lodi hospital recently earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

“Providing quality healthcare for our community is at the center of Adventist Health Lodi Memorial’s mission, and we are honored to be recognized nationally for our ability to treat stroke cases and provide an advanced level of care,” said Daniel Wolcott, president of Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, in a statement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke kills 140,000 Americans annually, which is one out of every 20 deaths. Out of the 795,000 strokes that occur each year in the U.S., about 610,000 of those are first-time strokes. An estimated $34 billion is spent on the cost of healthcare services, medicines and days missed due to strokes in the U.S. every year.

Stroke is also the leading cause of long-term disability, reducing mobility in more than half of survivors over the age of 65.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply is cut off from a person’s brain, and treatment is most effective when a patient can receive care within an hour, according to AHLM. Lodi has a high incident of stroke, and people are unaware they’re having one.

“If you think you’re having a stroke, it’s important to remember the acronym F.A.S.T. F is facial weakness, A is for arm weakness, S is for speech impediment and T stands for time — time to call 9-1-1,” said Amanda deNu, Lodi Memorial’s stroke coordinator, in a statement. “Though Adventist Health Lodi Memorial has been offering stroke care for years, the community now knows they can count on us for standardized, evidence-based excellence in stroke care close to home.”

The Joint Commission’s certification is awarded for a two-year period.

“We commend Adventist Health Lodi Memorial for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, with The Joint Commission.

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