In 2011, Saint Mary’s Hospital was re-certified by the Connecticut Department of Public Health as a Primary Stroke Center. This designation indicates that Saint Mary’s Hospital has met the state’s criteria for providing quality stroke care in accordance with guidelines established by the American Stroke Association and the Brain Attack Coalition to ensure rapid diagnostic evaluation and treatment of stroke patients.
Saint Mary’s Hospital first received designation as a Primary Stroke Center in 2009. It is now one of about 20 hospitals in Connecticut that support the state’s initiative of providing quality care for stroke patients.
Through its stroke program, Saint Mary’s has taken the lead on community education, helping to raise greater awareness about the risk factors and warning signs of stroke, as well as preventive measures. In addition to offering community education opportunities, Saint Mary’s Stroke Team sponsors stroke screenings and hosts other events in collaboration with community organizations.
The Stroke Response Team, which responds to Stroke Alerts in 4.06 minutes on average, is part of a larger, multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physical, speech and occupational therapists, CT technologists, transportation aides, discharge planners, EMTs and others who provide a chain of care for stroke patients.