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Hamilton Awarded Highest Honors for Stroke Care

Jill Davis RN, Jason Nicely MD, Alex Pangle RN, Hannah Jones MSN, Ashley Cloer RN

Hamilton Medical Center received the American Heart Association's highest honor for stroke care. The Gold Plus Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus designation is the result of a multi-year effort lead by Hannah Jones, RN, MSN, CNL along with Stroke Medical Director Juan Gonzalez, MD.

Stroke patients lose approximately 2 million neurons per minute. Some patients are eligible for "clot busting" medication. A complex, time consuming, series of steps and procedures are required to determine eligibility and safely administer the drug. Because of the efforts of the stroke team, Hamilton is among the most efficient hospitals in the nation at providing this care.

"Code Stroke" activates a diverse team of health care professionals to immediately focus on the stroke patient. This team includes emergency nurses, an emergency physician, a neurologist, a CT technician, a radiologist, a medical laboratory technician and other supporting ancillary staff. Because of the complexity, a select group of emergency nurses were trained to execute these steps as efficiently as possible. The nurses are Ashley Cloer, Alex Pangle, Jill Davis, Angie Johnson, Jenna Keaton, Tara Roberts, Jessica Yother, Karen Emard, Katie Smythe, Lynn Laudeman, Mike Nichols, Haley Jones, and Nicole Cullins.

EMS provides the critical link for stroke patients, initiating out of hospital care and facilitating early activation of the stroke protocol. Jerry Long, Clinical Education Specialist, teaches the Georgia Stroke Core Cirricullum for EMS and nursing associates at Hamilton.

We are extremely proud of the efforts of this clinical team on behalf of the patients we serve.

Warning signs of stroke can be reviewed here.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

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