First in the South Bay to earn the Gold Seal of Approval

April 03, 2014

The medical center earned this distinction after the Joint Commission verified that our stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. This distinction makes us a first-choice destination for ambulances to transport a patient, within 30 minutes or less, who has symptoms of acute stroke.

Each year approximately 700,000 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.

Quickly receiving high quality care when suffering a stroke is extremely important. We have all of the elements in place to offer this high level of care from a personalized, local community hospital. Our highly trained stroke team brings outstanding care to the patient quickly, which optimizes the patient's outcome.

From initial diagnosis through the rehabilitation process and returning home, our multi-faceted Stroke Program helps restore faith and functionality to people whose lives have been forever changed-giving them the hope they need to gain back their independence.

If emergency medical personnel in the field suspect a stroke, the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center stroke team is alerted and we immediately mobilize a our team of specially-trained staff members. Once the patient arrives, the team goes into action to determine the type and cause of the stroke. Within 45 minutes all tests are completed, a diagnosis is made and we begin providing treatment to the patient to help minimize, and potentially reverse brain damage that might have occurred.

Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for each stroke patient through an organized system of care. Certification as a Primary Stroke Center acknowledges that the standardized protocols followed are proven best practices for stroke patients as published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. We deliver exceptional, round-the-clock care; excel in staff education and training; provide comprehensive patient education; and offer an award-winning stroke rehabilitation program. All of these factors together add up to an optimized system of care that puts the needs of our patient first and foremost; the kind of care you want if you or a loved one ever suffers a stroke.