Surviving a Stroke: Know Best Place for Care Before Crisis Strikes

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Women’s Choice Award educates public on 2017 list of America’s Best Stroke Centers for May’s National Stroke Awareness Month.

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The time to identify your community’s leading hospital for stroke care is right now, not in the middle of a medical emergency when every minute is precious

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women account for nearly 60% of stroke deaths, a “brain attack” that kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Even more alarming, the percentage of strokes in women under age 45 is increasing, with studies showing these women are more likely to be misdiagnosed. Understanding the criticality of time and effective care for stroke patients, the Women’s Choice Award is urging women to get to know the best hospitals for stroke care in their communities before a crisis occurs by releasing the list of America’s Best Stroke Centers for 2017 during May’s National Stroke Awareness Month.

In a recent survey, the Women’s Choice Award found that over 65% of women cannot name the best hospitals for stroke care in their communities.

“The time to identify your community’s leading hospital for stroke care is right now, not in the middle of a medical emergency when every minute is precious,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “Getting top care within the first three hours of a stroke is critical to preventing disability and improving chances of recovery.”

To be considered for the America’s Best Stroke Centers award, a facility must first be certified by the Joint Commission’s Stroke Certification Program as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and/or Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. It is the only award recognizing excellence in stroke care based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

The methodology used to select the centers is unique in that it evaluates 30-day stroke mortality and readmission rates and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results. Hospitals must also score in the top 80% of all hospitals in the following areas:

  • Percent of patients receiving head CT scan results within 45 minutes
  • Percent of patients receiving thrombolytic therapy
  • Percent of patients receiving stroke education

“The hospitals we have awarded are top performers for delivering timely care and treatment in an urgent medical situation,” said Passi. “These are the stroke care hospitals that could save your life.”

The following elite facilities are among America’s Best Stroke Centers and carry the Women’s Choice Award seal, signifying extraordinary treatment for women and their families:

Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell, Pennington, NJ
CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial, Lufkin, TX
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Wesley Chapel, FL
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills, FL
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Elkin, NC
Inter-Community Hospital, Covina, CA
Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, San Rafael, CA
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa, CA
Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette, LA
Mobile Infirmary, Mobile, AL
Monongahela Valley Hospital, Monongahela, PA
Norman Regional Health System, Norman, OK
North Cypress Medical Center, Cypress, TX
Overlook Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, Summit, NJ
Queen of the Valley Hospital, West Covina, CA
Shasta Regional Medical Center, Redding, CA
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, KY
St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA
The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
West Jefferson Medical Center, Marrero, LA

All 340 award-winning hospitals named as America’s Best Stroke Centers can be found across the U.S. To find yours, visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/stroke-care/

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ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®
The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. Visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/ to learn more.

The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women’s Choice Award.

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