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October 29 is World Stroke Day

October 28, 2011

The Certified Stroke Center at Sunrise Offers Life-Saving Information

LAS VEGAS, NV — In support of World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, 2011, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI) at Sunrise Hospital wants to remind you the risk factors and how to spot a stroke.

How to spot a stroke:
Each year, more than 750,000 people suffer a stroke, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The highly trained physicians and staff with the NNI at Sunrise Hospital want everyone to know how to spot a stroke, by asking these 3 simple questions:

  • Can you smile?
  • Can you raise both arms?
  • Can you speak a simple sentence?

If any of these functions cannot be performed easily, call 9-1-1 immediately. You could save a life.

Risk factors include high blood pressure, obesity, family history of stroke, diabetes and smoking. Those at the highest level of risk include those aged 55+, males and those of African American descent.

Sunrise Hospital’s Primary Certified Stroke Center was recently recognized for high performance with the 2011 American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and Target stroke honor roll designation. This is third consecutive year Sunrise and the NNI have been recognized at the gold level and the first year at the Target stroke honor roll.

To receive this award, Sunrise Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for 60 consecutive months and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 GWTG-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis and cholesterol reducing drugs, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

The Target stroke honor roll designation is awarded for hospitals meeting a specific GWTG achievement level in addition to achieving IV rt-PA door-to-needle times 60 minutes or less in 50 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients (minimum of six) during one calendar quarter. This award recognizes Sunrise’s commitment and success in consistently implementing the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations for stroke patients.

About Sunrise Hospital:
Now celebrating more than 50 years in the community, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is a 700–bed campus providing high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 15 consecutive years and a U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals Winner for two consecutive years, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to the community. As the healthcare leader of Southern Nevada, Sunrise Hospital offers a full range of specialized services including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center recognized by the American Stroke Association for the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, the Nevada Neurosciences Institute—featuring neurology services including stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, comprehensive Cancer Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons, a comprehensive Breast Center, rehabilitation and a Level-II Trauma and Emergency Services Department. The hospital also has invested in obtaining new technologies such as the da Vinci Robotic surgery system, Gamma Knife incision-less brain surgery and an exclusive Picture Archiving and Communication System designed to assist physicians in retrieving important patient data. Sharing the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
3186 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702-233-5454.

About The Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI):
The Joint Commission certified Nevada Neurosciences Institute at Sunrise is the desert Southwest’s only comprehensive neurosciences center, providing access to world-class patient care and pioneering medical treatment for brain and spine diseases, disorders and injuries. In addition to a pedigreed team of expert neurosurgeons and neurologists, the Institute boasts access to impressive medical equipment such as Intra-operative MRI scans and the state’s only Gamma Knife radiation surgery. Achievement of the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award places the stroke program among the best in the nation, and qualification by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as the state’s first certified stroke specialty rehabilitation unit further illustrates the superior outcomes patients achieve when treated by the skilled physicians and staff of the NNI. Additionally, the NNI Spine Program has recently expanded to MountainView and Southern Hills Hospitals offering superior spine treatment through award-winning NNI neurosurgeons throughout the Sunrise Health system of hospitals.