BELLEVILLE — Memorial Hospital Belleville was recently designated as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
According to the Illinois Hospital Association, Illinois was one of the first states to incorporate this level of stroke center into its law. Emergent Stroke Ready Hospitals are hospitals that diagnose, treat and transport acute stroke patients to a higher level of care as warranted. The designation will require annual review by IDPH, to confirm compliance.
“This designation places Memorial on a registry for Emergency Medical Services providers to direct stroke patients to us for care,” said Gwen Riley, BSN, RN-BC, nurse manager and stroke coordinator at Memorial Hospital Belleville. “Because the treatment of stroke is so time sensitive, it is important that patients be brought to facilities that can provide CT scan services and laboratory studies in a timely manner. Additionally, we are able to administer tPA, a clot busting drug used to treat stroke patients.”
For more information about this designation, visit http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/emergency-preparedness-response/ems/stroke-program.