Deaconess Hospital announced today that it has been
recognized as a Level-I Stroke Center by the Washington State
Department of Health.
This recognition certifies that Deaconess is able to provide the
highest level of care for stroke patients; 24-hours a day, seven
days a week. Immediate care and treatment are critical and
can help minimize the long-term effects of a stroke that include
disabilities and even (in rare cases) death.
Formerly a Level-II Stroke Center, Deaconess has added key
components to earn recognition as a premier center for stroke
treatment - specifically interventional care. This
certification also recognizes Deaconess as a facility with the
personnel and expertise to diagnose and treat stroke patients who
need intensive medical and surgical care.
"This designation recognizes the quality of care that Deaconess
provides and certifies that we have state-of-the-art technology
across the board," Dr. Jon Ween, Director of Deaconess' Stroke
Center, said. "For our patients, we have expanded our treatment
capacity to a full range of stroke care, including the most
Deaconess CEO, Maurine Cate, echoed those sentiments.
"This is a significant step forward for the Inland Northwest
community," Cate explained. "Our stroke care team includes
specialists in interventional neurology, neurosurgery, and
neuro-hospitalist care creating a truly integrated stroke care
center. This designation as a Level-I Stroke Center puts us at the
forefront of stroke patient care."
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