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St. Rose Dominican Hospitals–Siena Campus Stroke Care Program


St. Rose Dominican Hospitals–Siena Campus has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The Siena Campus earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in early August making it the first and only hospital certified for stroke care in Henderson.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on published recommendations for stroke centers developed by experts in the field. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003.

To receive the Primary Stroke Center designation, a stroke program must educate and train physicians and nursing staff in stroke care, and put in place processes for delivering clinical care developed by physician and nursing experts in the field; this includes being prepared to give the clot-busting medication, t-PA. In addition to the Joint Commission requirements, the Siena Campus offers advanced stroke care by providing interventional neuroradiology, which allows for advanced life-saving techniques (beyond what is required by The Joint Commission) to be performed for victims of stroke. The Siena Campus is one of only two stroke centers in southern Nevada that provides these advanced stroke services.

Siena now provides t-PA, a clot-busting medication, to all applicable stroke patients as well as interventional neuroradiology and neurosurgical services 24/7 for comprehensive stroke care. This means that all treatment options for stroke are now available at the Siena campus.

“We are proud to have achieved the Primary Stroke Center distinction,” says Rod Davis, president, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. “Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding stroke care to our patients and our community. The certification is exciting for our Siena Campus – and Henderson residents – because it means that they can now receive high-level interventional stroke care close to home.”

When it comes to stroke, “Time is Brain.” Before St. Rose received its stroke certification, patients in Henderson had to be transported to a different hospital in Las Vegas about 20 minutes away, a process that wasted precious time. Residents on the south and east side of town can now be brought to the Siena Campus and get treated more quickly.

“People are becoming more informed but still need to understand that stroke doesn’t affect just our older population – it affects young adults as well,” said Scott Selco, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Stroke Care for St. Rose.

Each year, about 750,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke – the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“St. Rose Dominican Hospitals demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

To participate in screenings to help determine your risk factors for stroke and learn more about how to recognize stroke and what to do if one occurs, join Dr. Scott Selco Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 8-10 a.m. at the Siena Campus. Screenings will also be available. Call 616-4900 for information.

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