For the second year in a row, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham is the recipient of the
Defect-free Care Award from the Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence or SCORE, a voluntary statewide quality improvement collaborative that supports primary stroke service hospitals. Defect-free care is achieved when every patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.
The SCORE Defect-free Care Award recognizes hospitals that provided high-quality care to the majority of their stroke patients over a specific 12-month period.
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in Massachusetts, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Knowing the key signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately can save a life. The F.A.S.T. acronym is an easy way to remember:
- Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile
- Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms
- Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase
- Time: If you observe these symptoms, call 9-1-1
In photo left to right….Dorothy McWeeney, RN, Director of Health Care Quality and Patient Safety, Maureen Cooper, RN, BSN, Resource Nurse, Kathleen Mortimer, RN, Barbara Doherty RN, BSN, MS, Resource Nurse, Emergency Department, Gigi Girgis, MD, Director of Stroke Services, Gay Calo RN, and Jeanne Anderson, Pharmacy Pharm.D.,RPH
Back Row: Lauren Smith, MD, Medical Director, DPH, Charles Pozner, MD