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CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta Recertified with Prestigious Level III Stroke Designation from State

CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta Recertified with Prestigious
Level III Stroke Designation from State

ATLANTA – CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta has been recertified by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Level III Stroke Center, continuing their tradition of providing high-quality, lifesaving care to the people of Cass County and the surrounding region.

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“This Level III Stroke re-designation with the State of Texas reiterates CHRISTUS’s commitment to offering excellent clinical services to our area, being prepared and ensuring our area receives top-notch stroke care,” said Micah Johnson, MSN, RN, Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta. “In stroke care, there is a phrase we always refer to: ‘time is brain,’ which means being able to respond quickly and skillfully is paramount to saving lives.”

CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta is able to provide stroke care with its specialized Stroke Team composed of Stroke-Certified Registered Nurses, ER physicians, and featuring 24/7 CT, lab, tele-neurology services and tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) “clot buster” capabilities.

“The endless hours that our teams have spent working to ensure our care is high-quality, and the professionalism that was displayed by every Associate, nurse, advanced practice provider and physician throughout the year has been very impressive,” said Nicole Fant, MSN, RN, SCRN, the RN Program Manager for Trauma/Stroke and Chest Pain Coordinator at CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta. “The team’s commitment to training, to our transport plans, to communication is all focused on making sure our patients get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.”

Fant also wants to ensure the public is doing their part in the fight to stop stroke – the sooner a patient gets treatment, the more likely they are to make a better recovery. She warns them to B.E. F.A.S.T. to identify stroke:

B – Balance: sudden loss of balance, unsteady gait
E – Eyes: sudden double vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes

F – Face: is one side of their face drooping?
A – Arm: does one arm drift down?
S – Speech: sudden difficulty speaking, slurred words, or inappropriate words
T – Time: Time to call 911

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