Heart Disease Risks for Women

Patient Experience

Elizabeth Loberto

Elizabeth "Bette" Loberto experienced the high standard of stroke care at FH personally when she came into the Emergency Department with vision problems. The ED team questioned her and her husband, Vincent, separately and immediately began diagnostic work to see if she had a stroke. The warning signs were recognized and she was treated, averting a potentially more serious outcome, she said while she was recuperating at J.M.L. Care Center next to the hospital. "It was immediate and they knew," Loberto said. "I don't know how they did, but I'm glad."

Falmouth Hospital Stroke Program Awarded the Gold Plus Stroke Award

Falmouth Hospital has struck gold for the second time this year, with word from the American Stroke Association/ American Heart Association that it has won the next level of the "Get With the Guidelines" awards program - the Gold Plus Stroke Award.

Earlier this year, FH received the Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award for its strict adherence to practices that best treat and prevent strokes. The latest award acknowledges that the hospital continues to maintain and improve upon its high standards of stroke detection and care. With the first award, the ASA/AHA recognized FH for maintaining at least 85 percent on certain measures, such as aggressive and appropriate use of medication like the clot-busting drug tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol- reducing drugs, and smoking cessation for a consecutive 24-month period.

In awarding the latest distinction, the ASA/AHA notes that FH has maintained the same standard of care, and achieved seven out of 10 other requirements for quality stroke care, said FH Stroke Nurse Coordinator Jean Estes. The seven measures have to do with treating people who have LDL cholesterol levels over 100, dysphagia screening of at-risk patients before giving food or medications, stroke education, considering rehab for every stroke patient, recommendations for weight management, and placing patients with LDL greater than 100 on statin drugs. While the recognition in and of itself is satisfying, it will also put the hospital in position to immediately be in compliance when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services starts requiring these measures in 2010.