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Honored with Post-Acute Stroke Quality Improvement Award

Participant of the Paul Coverdell Post-acute Quality Improvement Collaborative.

North Chatham MA —Broad Reach Healthcare received the 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 in calendar year 2017.

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

Broad Reach Healthcare’s Neurology consultant, Dr. Karen Lynch has had an integral part in the development of the CARF accredited stroke program since 2014.

Dr. Lynch states, “as part of the stroke multidisciplinary care team, this is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our efforts and work in acute post stroke rehabilitation here at Liberty Commons. This is a true multidisciplinary effort across the fields of rehab and medicine to ensure our stroke patients have the very best support in their path to recovery. We have worked hard to ensure that neurology input is active as early as possible in preventing further episodes and optimizing recovery of our patients in the rehabilitation setting. I am very proud to be working with a wonderful team who are committed to improving post-acute care of stroke patients on Cape Cod.”

Dr. Karen Lynch, Neurologist

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 Program, or about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign, please visit: www.mass.gov/dph/heartstroke.

Established in Chatham in 1986, Broad Reach Healthcare has grown into a multifaceted health care community with services including, Liberty Commons Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center, The Victorian Assisted Living Residence, Broad Reach Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic and Broad Reach Hospice & Palliative Care.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health designated Broad Reach Healthcare as a Coverdell Post-Hospital QI Collaborative member in 2014.