Cape Coral Hospital is now recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). This achievement provides Cape Coral residents greater access to care and treatment in less than 60 minutes, or within the “golden hour,” and demonstrates that Cape Coral Hospital’s stroke program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
“Each year EMS would take approximately 350 stroke patients from Cape Coral and surrounding areas over the river to the stroke centers of Lee Memorial Hospital or Gulf Coast Medical Center to receive care,” explains Scott Kashman, Chief Administrative Officer of Cape Coral Hospital. “Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification gives us the opportunity to provide the highest quality stroke care to patients right here in Cape Coral and improves care overall for our community.”
Primary Stoke Center designation distinguishes Cape Coral Hospital as a care facility of high quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke. This recognition follows a DNV Healthcare, Inc. on-site review of the hospital’s compliance with primary stroke center requirements, such as assessing care provided, patient outcomes, and record reviews to validate observations and staff and patient interviews conducted during the review process. There were zero non-conformities identified when the survey was conducted at Cape Coral Hospital.
“We are very supportive of Lee Memorial Health System and their efforts to provide the best care,” explains Warren Panem, Deputy Chief of Lee County Emergency Medical Services. “The designation of Cape Coral Hospital as a primary stroke center is beneficial to area residents and visitors because it means less time spent in the ambulance and faster delivery to the emergency department for definitive care.”
Primary Stroke Centers are recognized nationally for providing state-of-the art care. Rapid intervention is crucial in treating stroke and getting treatment under 60 minutes, or within the “golden hour,” is the standard of care recognized by professional medical associations involved in the treatment of stroke. Lee County EMS can now notify Cape Coral Hospital and provide them with vital information from the field in preparation for diagnosis and treatment immediately upon a stroke patient’s arrival. Certification is a voluntary process the hospital has undergone to elevate the level of care available to the community who will no longer be taken over the river for stroke treatment when time is of the essence.
The stroke centers of Lee Memorial Health System hospitals participate in Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program which promotes strict adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. The program has been successful in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements for millions of patients. The stroke centers of Lee Memorial Health System hospitals also offer physical, occupational and speech therapy, focusing on the best possible long-term outcomes.