Beloit Stroke Center Featured as a Success Story

Friday, November 06, 2015

Stateline residents are getting the timely healthcare they need thanks to Beloit Health System’s new Stroke Center Certification. Last week, the Joint Commission on Healthcare revisited the site on their one year anniversary and honored them with high reviews for their first year of operation.
MetaStar, a state quality improvement organization, also recently featured Beloit Health System as a success story and an example for other healthcare operations. Metastar services addresses the need for innovation and partnerships to provide excellent healthcare.
How did Beloit Health System’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center achieve this success?
“Teamwork and partnerships were very important to developing a quality program,” stated Brenda Williams, RN and Stroke Coordinator at Beloit Health System. “Our goal was to keep stroke patients and their families here in our community with the highest quality of stroke care. By networking with the University of Wisconsin (UW Health) Comprehensive Stroke Program we developed a stroke alert process.”
Beloit Health System’s certification demonstrates their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. “The surveyors have been impressed by the staff and physicians, and particularly the outcomes our team has achieved,” adds Doris Mulder, RN and Vice President of Beloit Health System.
The Beloit Stroke Program’s achievements also include:
• Reduced Cat scan “read times” to as little as eight minutes.
• Increased rate of patients receiving counseling on personalized stroke risk factors from 10 percent to 100 percent.
• Reduced all-cause readmissions for stroke from 30 percent to 13 percent.
“Our Medical Director is an Emergency Department physician, Dr. Benjamin Ho,” says Williams. “He is really on-board with this program and well-respected. This helps in the communication of information and processes.”  The Stroke Center certification now assures stateline residents and their families that they will get the best outcomes for patients with stroke.


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