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Broad Reach Healthcare Honored With Stroke Quality Improvement Award

NORTH CHATHAM,  MA — July 28th, 2015- Broad Reach Healthcare at Liberty Commons received the 2015 Post-acute Collaborative Participation Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The award recognizes post-acute facilities that participate in the Collaborative and have shown dedication in improving the care stroke patients receive in the post-hospital setting.

Collaborative participants have been collecting data on stroke patients, participating in regional meetings and learning session, and participating in quality improvement activities in their facilities.

“At Liberty Commons we strive to provide exceptional care to all our patients. We are especially proud to be working on improving the post-acute care of stroke patients. Being honored with this award emphasizes the accomplishments of our team.  At Liberty Commons and across all of Broad Reach HealthCare’s services we are committed to creating the most favorable experience possible; enabling those we serve to achieve a better level of health and wellness. “ said Jerilyn Lemont, Liberty Commons’ VP/Chief Experience Officer.

Liberty Commons Stroke Team has been particularly strengthened by the 2014 addition of Cape Cod Healthcare Neurologist, Karen Lynch, MD, MRCP.   Dr. Lynch brings a level of expertise and the latest in research and treatment options to her patients in the community, at Cape Cod Hospital and now at Liberty Commons.  Dr. Lynch adds, “For me, it’s very exciting to bring neurological care to the underserved population that is either rehabbing or living in skilled nursing facilities.  Liberty Commons enables me to bring this much needed service right into the community”.

The award was presented to the stroke program development team at Liberty Commons on Friday, July 24th, by Claudine DeJoie-Stanton, Post-Hospital Transition Specialist, from the Office of Clinical Preventative Services at DPH.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.  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

For more information about the Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, or about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign, please visit: www.mass.gov/dph/heartstroke.

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