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Saving Lives with Outstanding Stroke Care

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center was recently awarded the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s 2016 Get with the Guidelines® –Stroke Gold Plus Award, the highest award possible from the organization.
Hospitals receiving the Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 consecutive months. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to seven out of ten stroke quality measures during the 12-month period.
The awards recognize OhioHealth’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. The Get with the Guidelines program ensures hospitals have the right tools and resources to save lives and hasten recovery time of patients.
WE continue to be dedicated to implementing a high standard of stroke care for our patients and ensuring they are receiving the most advanced treatment quickly and safely.

Covidien makes new Stroke CE program available for free to EMS professionals

Covidien is sponsoring a new free CE program available to EMS professionals:

Acute Ischemic Stroke: When Every Second Counts

Stroke: Recognize and Respond — Part 1

Stroke: Recognize and Respond — Part 2

These comprehensive training modules were developed for and tested by EMS personnel across the US. These modules have been designed to help EMS personnel of all levels to more effectively identify a stroke in the field, initiate treatment and consider the most appropriate transport options.

To participate in this free online program please create an account by visiting americancme.com, watch stroke module, and complete a short quiz.

Upon completion of the approved training modules and examination, participants will be awarded 1 lecture credit towards their EMS license. Certificates of completion can be printed directly from the website.

For more information: Free EMS Acute Stroke CE Modules

OhioHealth's Riverside Methodist Hospital becomes first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Ohio

Columbus, OH – OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital is the first hospital in Ohio to achieve a first-class designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Riverside Methodist has been recognized by The Joint Commission as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of providers in the nation focused on the most complex stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.

“It’s a great source of pride and a life-saving resource for our community, that Riverside Methodist is the first hospital in the state of Ohio to receive this designation and one of the first few in the country,” said Dr. Stephen Markovich, President of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. “This new Joint Commission accreditation positions Riverside Methodist and OhioHealth as the premier stroke care program in the state.”

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. Riverside Methodist underwent a rigorous onsite review in October 2012. Joint Commission experts reviewed Riverside Methodist’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. In addition, only stroke centers that meet a designated volume for highly specialized stroke procedures are eligible to seek this differentiating designation.

“By achieving this advanced certification, Riverside Methodist has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Riverside Methodist for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s ” Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2005), and “Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2011), and on recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Riverside Methodist on its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification,” commented Mark J. Alberts, M.D., FAHA, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association spokesperson and incoming Vice-Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.”

“Riverside Methodist is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care based on current scientific research to ensure continuous improvement in care,” said Connie Gallaher, System Vice President of Neuroscience for OhioHealth. “This Certification is yet another testament that we truly are the future of neuroscience – and shows the community and our patients our strong commitment to provide exceptional stroke care.”

This certification comes just as OhioHealth is constructing a patient tower at Riverside Methodist that will elevate neuroscience care for the region. “Today at Riverside, we already treat the most stroke patients in the state, and with this new patient tower, we’re creating a state-of-the-art facility focused on caring for neuroscience patients to better serve our community in this growing need,” said Markovich.

The new 224-bed patient tower will feature neuroscience treatments currently unavailable anywhere in the region, and will give OhioHealth the platform to continue to serve as one of the nation’s leading neuroscience centers.

The nine-story, 409,000 square foot tower will be the tallest building on the Riverside Methodist campus. The $321 million project is scheduled for completion in 2015.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.

For more information on OhioHealth’s Stroke Program, visit ohiohealth.com/stroke.

About OhioHealth:

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization serving and supported by the community. OhioHealth has also been recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” six years in a row, 2007-2012.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, it is a family of 22,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, 17 hospitals, 21 health and surgery centers, home-health providers, medical equipment and health service suppliers throughout a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital-Columbus, Grady Memorial Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, Hardin Memorial Hospital and Marion General Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.

About The Joint Commission:

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

News Release is available at:  https://www.ohiohealth.com/NewsArticles/RMH_Joint_Commission_Comprehensive_Stroke_Center/

OhioHealth Stroke Network Reaches 500th TeleStroke Consult Milestone

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The OhioHealth Stroke Network, the first partnership for stroke treatment and research of its kind in Ohio, recently conducted its 500th TeleStroke consult. This advanced telemedicine network offers patients at 19 regional hospitals the same specialized stroke care available at larger OhioHealth institutions enabling better patient outcomes.

In one minute of having a stroke, over one million irreplaceable brain cells are lost. With the OhioHealth Stroke Network and their partnership with REACH Health, stroke specialists are able to remotely evaluate patient conditions, view test results, and confer with community hospital physicians to immediately help determine the course of action. 

“When treating a stroke, time is brain,” said Paula Meyers, System Director of the OhioHealth Stroke Network. “With the Stroke Network, stroke victims get immediate access to experts who treat strokes every day, increasing their chances of a better outcome.”

When a stroke victim is brought to a regional hospital’s Emergency Department, the emergency medical team provides direct treatment on-site while collaborating with OhioHealth’s emergency stroke team using innovative real-time technology provided by REACH Health.

The REACH Telemedicine system utilizes comprehensive patient data in tandem with real-time audio/video interaction,. allowing the OhioHealth stroke specialists to actually see and interact with the patient.

“It’s a great feeling to know REACH’s technology has enabled OhioHealth to extend their expertise beyond their own walls, reaching so many patients at the point of need,” said Richard Otto, CEO at REACH Health.

Not only has the partnership with REACH Health allowed OhioHealth to use advanced technology to remotely treat stroke patients, the partnership between OhioHealth and regional hospitals ensures neurological coverage to support patients suffering from strokes, even if they are not physically at one of OhioHealth’s Primary Stroke Centers – Riverside Methodist Hospital or Grant Medical Center.

“Working together to mesh our talents and leverage the latest communications technology helps ensure stroke patients have access to accelerated diagnosis and advanced therapies from anywhere in our system,” said William E. Carroll, MD, Medical Director of Neurology at Grant Medical Center.

About the OhioHealth Stroke Network
The OhioHealth Stroke Network is the first partnership for stroke treatment and research of its kind in Ohio. Using advanced telemedicine technology, the network offers emergency teams at 19 hospitals located throughout the region the same specialized stroke care found at larger OhioHealth institutions – namely Riverside Methodist Hospital and Grant Medical Center. The OhioHealth Stroke Network is still growing, so check to see if your local hospital has joined our regional partners by going to www.ohiohealth.com/strokenetwork.

About REACH Health
REACH Health, based in Alpharetta, Ga., is a healthcare technology company with a specialized focus on telemedicine solutions. The company’s technology overcomes traditional obstacles of time and distance to connect specialty physicians’ patients for live consultations using comprehensive patient data in tandem with real-time audio/video interaction. REACH’s multidiscipline solutions benefit numerous clinical environments including emergency rooms, ICUs, and patient rooms covering a range of disciplines including: pulmonology, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry and stroke applications. For more information, visit www.reachhealth.com.

About OhioHealth
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, faith-based, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization serving and supported by the community. Named by Thomson Reuters as one of the 10 best healthcare systems in America three years in a row, OhioHealth also has been recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” six years in a row, 2007-2012.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, it is a family of 21,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, 18 hospitals, 23 health and surgery centers, home-health providers , medical equipment and health service suppliers throughout a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital – Columbus, Grady Memorial Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, Hardin Memorial Hospital and Marion General Hospital. For more information, please visit our website atwww.ohiohealth.com.

New Advanced Stroke Life Support classes added; free courtesy of The OhioHealth Stroke Network

The course is designed for healthcare providers that may assess or manage a stroke patient, including hospital and pre-hospital professionals.


Learning Goals:

Describe why early treatment may result in a marked reduction in risk of disability

Identify the five main stroke syndromes and relate them to pathophysiology and clinical signs

Perform focused evaluation to identify stroke, its location and severity, and t-PA contraindications


Key Components:

Hands-on skills training

Instructors simulate stroke syndromes

Learners perform the MEND Examination, a unique neurologic assessment tool developed for the UM ASLS course

Computer-based multimedia skills training

Interactive discussions

Didactic sessions


Class schedule and registration form is available on our Outreach Education page at:



For more information, email lifelink (at) ohiohealth (dot) com or call the LifeLink office at (614) 566-9111 Option 1.

How the OhioHealth Stroke Network works…


The OhioHealth Stroke Network uses advanced telemedicine to connect emergency teams at community hospitals to specialists in critical care and stroke at our OhioHealth facilities in Columbus, Ohio. So your patients get the advantages of local, immediate care, plus expert guidance and cutting-edge treatment. This network approach ensures the highest quality of care and best possible outcomes for your critical patients.


How the Stroke Network works:

When your EMS team arrives with a patient showing symptoms of a stroke, they will be met by a clinical team that will examine the patient and run initial tests. Depending on the test results and the type of stroke, an appropriate care plan will be determined. Emergency doctors and nurses at the local level will provide direct care for the patient. They will connect with OhioHealth stroke specialists and an on-call neurologist for additional evaluation and guidance, using the innovative REACH Call™ telestroke application via mobile cart. This equipment gives the local team an extra set of eyes to help evaluate the patient’s specific situation and provide the correct course of action as immediately as possible. After the initial exams and tests are completed, the team will decide if the patient should remain at the local hospital or be transferred to an OhioHealth Primary Stroke Center: Riverside Methodist Hospital or Grant Medical Center.


Either way, know that there is a team of experts–the OhioHealth Stroke Network– on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, working to care for the members of your community.