Regional Stroke Center
St. Mary's Medical Center's increased commitment to stroke patients began in June 2001 when the medical center implemented its Stroke Alert Team and joined the American Stroke Association in the Operation Stroke initiative. That dedication has continued, and national recognition was received in December, 2004 when the Stroke Center at St. Mary's became the first in West Virginia to achieve Primary Stroke Center Certification by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of healthcare organizations.
Achievement of this highly recognized award includes an extensive on-site evaluation review by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program's processes, its ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff. A recent extension of the certification was based upon data submitted by the medical center showing its continued commitment to quality.
The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of Joint Commission-certified programs is available at jointcommission.org.
The Stroke Center at St. Mary's Medical Center offers a broad range of services for patients with stroke and cerebrovascular disease, including:
- Acute stroke treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by a highly trained response team.
- A dedicated Neuroscience and Stroke Unit and Neuroscience Intermediate Care unit staffed by a multidisciplinary team of registered nurses and therapists. These professionals are certified by the American Stroke Association in NIH Stroke Scale assessment, and receive extensive stroke related education annually.
- Continuous quality improvement utilizing the American Stroke Association's "Get With the Guidelines" since 2004, and recent enrollment in a vascular registry from the Society for Vascular Surgery.
- Endovascular stroke treatment including intra-arterial thrombolysis, clot retrieval devices, intracranial stents, cerebral aneurysm coils, and carotid artery stents.
- Surgical treatment including carotid endarterectomy and cerebral aneurysm clipping.
- Advanced diagnostic and imaging techniques.
- Early intervention by rehabilitation therapists, and referral to appropriate level of therapy at discharge.
Our Mission: To improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals with neurovascular disease and stroke through an organized system of care that includes rapid diagnosis, advanced treatment, evidence based management, and prevention of the disease.
Our Vision: To be the regional provider of integrated neurovascular services. The center strives to continually improve its quality of service, provide a broad range of services, and develop supportive networks.