The East Texas region has one of the highest stroke rates in our state hence ETMC conducts screenings regularly to help pinpoint
problems that may lead to stroke.
East Texas Medical Center/Tyler’s (ETMC) stroke treatment department has earned recertification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has awarded its Gold Seal of Approval to ETMC.
In 2005 ETMC became East Texas’ first hospital (and one of the very first in the state) to earn this status, reclaiming it in 2007 and 2009. ETMC concentrates on this field of medicine because of the unacceptably high incidence of stroke-related deaths in East Texas. The Joint Commission conducted on-site inspections of the facility this spring to establish its degree of excellence according to national guidelines for clinical standards and treatment outcomes. ETMC Neurological Institute Vice-President Todd Sigmon outlined his hospital’s aims for serving this area.
“The East Texas region has one of the highest stroke rates in our state,” he said. “Since part of the effort to earn the certification includes a focus on stroke prevention, we believe it will help us meet our goal to help change that factor in our region.”
To receive certification a facility must establish and effectively maintain standardized stroke protocols. Medical providers have to take special training in stroke diagnosis and treatment to insure patients receive the best care possible resulting in significant recovery.
“Our quality assurance efforts include a continuous review of patient data to determine ways to improve outcomes,” Sigmon said.
There are also educational resources provided to the general public.
“ETMC conducts screenings regularly to help pinpoint problems that may lead to stroke, and we have an ongoing series of community education forums called KnowledgeFirst. Topics on stroke and vascular conditions are regularly included,” Sigmon added.
On average there are 795,000 incidences of stroke nationwide each year. It is the country’s third-leading cause of death, killing approximately 143,579 yearly. There are now about five million stroke survivors, many of whom suffer long-term disability.