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Sacred Heart at RiverBend wins award for stroke care - 06/13/18

(Springfield, Ore.)— PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has once again received national recognition for its success and commitment to providing excellent care for stroke patients, according to nationally recognized, evidence-based guidelines.

This year marks the seventh consecutive year the RiverBend stroke team earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and the second year of recognition as among those listed on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll.

To receive the Gold Plus award, Sacred Heart at RiverBend achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to several quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures. These measures include aggressive use of medications aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

To qualify for the Elite Plus designation, RiverBend met specific quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster agent tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines has impacted more than two million patients since the program’s inception in 2003.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the national award demonstrates Sacred Heart at RiverBend’s commitment to providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Michael Wilder, MD, an interventional neurologist at Sacred Heart at RiverBend’s Primary Stroke Center. “Our team has worked diligently to increase the speed and improve the quality of care for stroke patients throughout the region, including care received during the rehabilitation process. Being honored for giving excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can get.”

In 2017, the stroke team at RiverBend treated 750 stroke patients.

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in Oregon and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. On average, someone suffers a stroke in the U.S. every 40 seconds.

Most often, stroke occurs when a blood clot stops blood flow to the brain. The brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need. For more information about Sacred Heart at RiverBend’s Primary Stroke Center, visit www.peacehealth.org/sacred-heart-riverbend/stroke-center.

Media opportunity: Dr. Michael Wilder is available this week to discuss the stroke program at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, as well as an exciting new development in the treatment of stroke.

 Based on the findings of two recent studies, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association now suggest that the window of time patients with stroke symptoms can receive a certain kind of life-saving treatment is 24 hours, up from six. The procedure, a thrombectomy, is used to remove a blood clot from inside an artery or vein.

“Time is still absolutely critical in treating a stroke patient,” Dr. Wilder said, “but the expansion of that treatment window means more lives saved.”

 

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Stroke Symptoms

The signs of stroke are distinct because they happen quickly. Use the FAST acronym to remember the signs of stroke.

  • F: Sudden onset of facial drooping
  • A: Sudden onset of arm weakness
  • S: Sudden onset of speech changes
  • T: Time to call 911 if any one of the above are positive

 

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

 

 

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Youth Farm Stand returning to RiverBend in Springfield May 31 (Photo) - 05/30/18

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – For the eighth year running, the FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm will bring fresh, organic produce to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend’s doorstep, beginning next Thursday, May 31.

The Youth Farm Stand will be open every Thursday through October from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Fir Grove near the Emergency Department entrance at the south end of campus.

The popular farm stand last year sold 7,180 pounds of veggies and fruits to campus caregivers, patients, visitors and community members. The stand raised $20,542 for the innovative Youth Farm, which combines hunger relief with youth services and education. The stand also gave away $1,104 worth of free produce (the equivalent to 430 total pounds) to low-income community members through FOOD for Lane County’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) coupon-matching program.

The five-acre Youth Farm, located in the Gateway neighborhood at 750 Flamingo Dr., provides a crew of teens with job skills and training in gardening, leadership, financial management and nutrition. The farm grows more than 100,000 pounds of three-dozen varieties of organic produce for FOOD for Lane County assistance programs, a Community Supported Agriculture program and two farm stands—one at RiverBend, the other at the farm site.

The stand accepts cash, checks, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) coupons, Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, Farm Direct Nutrition coupons and debit or credit cards. This year PeaceHealth is contributing $5,000 in Community Health funds to the Double Up Food Bucks program, which helps SNAP participants purchase more produce at the Youth Farm stands and other participating farmers’ markets. SNAP shoppers can receive up to $10 in matching “food bucks” per market per day.

Over the last two seasons, SNAP participants have cashed in $113,340 in food bucks at participating markets; 90 percent of SNAP customers surveyed reported that the amount of produce they buy has increased, and 88 percent said their overall health has improved because of Double Up.

“Promoting community health is crucial to the PeaceHealth Mission, and we know that food security is a key determinant of health,” said Cecelia Jacobson, registered dietitian with Oregon Heart & Vascular Institute at RiverBend. “The Youth Farm Stand has been an outstanding partnership, and we’re pleased to be able to support it further with our investment in the Double Up Food Bucks program.”

Jacobson said she frequently refers patients to the farm stand. “We’ve heard so much positive feedback from our patients and caregivers,” she said. “They love being able to just walk outside to buy fresh, beautiful produce they can take home and eat. We all look forward to opening day.”

PeaceHealth Sacred Heart is part of a growing movement around the country to bring farm-fresh, locally grown fare to hospitals as a way to further goals to promote community health and wellness.

Early in the season, expect to find salad mix, spinach, lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, Swiss chard, kale, bok choy, basil, kohlrabi, strawberries and much more.

Media opportunity: Reporters are invited to visit the farm stand on opening day, May 31, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to speak with Cecelia Jacobson and members of the Youth Farm team. Customers will enjoy free samples and raffle drawings.

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About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

 

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Cyclists take a spin on PeaceHealth Rides bikes
Cyclists take a spin on PeaceHealth Rides bikes
PeaceHealth Rides bike share system in Eugene is off to a great start (Photo) - 05/25/18

EUGENE, Ore. – You’ve seen them all over town – those new blue bikes with the distinctive baskets. In its first month, PeaceHealth Rides, Eugene’s public bike share system, has attracted 3,747 active members.  Those members have taken 20,701 trips, logging a total of 27,726 miles.

 

“Our first month of operations exceeded expectations in terms of high ridership from the start,” said Lindsey Hayward, general manager for PeaceHealth Rides. “It’s exciting to see the community embrace bike share as a new transportation resource.”

 

PeaceHealth Rides launched on April 19, with 300 bikes, 35 stations in Eugene and one at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. The stations are clustered near Eugene’s downtown core, the Whiteaker neighborhood and the University of Oregon campus.

 

PeaceHealth Rides is an environmentally friendly transportation alternative to cars and buses. For a modest charge-- $1 for 15 minutes or $15 a month for most users—riders can pick up and drop off bicycles for one-way trips. Under a special launch promotion, new members can sign up for their first month for $2.

 

Riders are strongly encouraged to follow the rules of the road and to always wear a bike helmet.

 

About PeaceHealth Rides: PeaceHealth Rides offers a healthy, convenient and fun way to explore the community. It is a partnership between the city of Eugene, University of Oregon and Social Bicycles by JUMP Bikes, and is sponsored by PeaceHealth. For more information, visit https://www.peacehealthrides.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeaceHealthRides.

 

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.

 

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PeaceHealth St. John earns AHA/ASA "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award" - 05/23/18

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 2018 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations, improving outcomes and the quality of patient care. AHA/ASA representatives will present the award June 26, 2018 at PeaceHealth St. John.

“We’re really proud to be recognized for the care we provide our stroke patients,” said Katie Johnson RN, Stroke Program Coordinator at PeaceHealth St. John. “There are a lot of important steps that go into providing excellent stroke care. We must get our patients the right medication in a timely manner, and we also need to help people understand how to better manage their health, and work with them to create a follow-up plan that works for them.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, the program has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 193-bed acute care hospital and Level III trauma center located in Longview, Washington. Recognized nationally as a Top 100 Hospital, PeaceHealth St. John provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services. The region’s health care leader for more nearly 75 years, PeaceHealth St. John is one of 10 medical centers in the PeaceHealth System.

PeaceHealth Southwest Honored with Two American Stroke Association Awards - 05/21/18

The American Stroke Association (ASA) will present PeaceHealth Southwest with two national awards during a ceremony May 23, 2018 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. PeaceHealth Southwest earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The ASA Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes PeaceHealth Southwest for achieving specific stroke care quality measures for 12 consecutive months. The ASA Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll Award recognizes success in reducing the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-dissolving medication tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) - the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. 

“We are pleased to recognize PeaceHealth Southwest for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, national chair of the Get With The Guidlelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

“Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in our country,” said Louise Jenkins MSN, Manager of PeaceHealth Southwest’s Stroke Program. “Recognition from the American Stroke Association is a wonderful acknowledgement of the great stroke care we are providing our community. Our team has worked to increase the speed and quality of care for patients suffering stroke symptoms, along with enhancing care during the rehabilitation process. It’s great to be able to share this award with our community.”

The awards will be presented by Elizabeth Peterson, ASA Regional Director, Quality & Systems Improvement.

Event Details:
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 3pm
Where: PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center – Firstenburg Tower Lobby
400 NE Mother Joseph Place, Vancouver WA
The presentation of the Silver Plus Award is open to the public. For more information about the Stroke Program at PeaceHealth Southwest, visit:
https://www.peacehealth.org/southwest/services/stroke-center

About PeaceHealth Southwest
The region’s health care leader and steward for 155 years, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 450-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. PeaceHealth Southwest is also one of Clark County’s largest employers with 3,400 employees and 600 active medical staff members that help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, including cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care. For more information visit http://www.peacehealth.org/southwest.