Strokes can happen anytime, anywhere
In fact every 40 seconds in the U.S.
That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms – facial
drooping, arm weakness, and trouble speaking. When these symptoms appear,
it’s critical that a person get treatment immediately to minimize
long-term effects and prevent death. That’s the focus of our stroke
program here at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Every day we work to educate
the community on how to prevent strokes and save the lives of those suffering a stroke.
Agnes Dias, 81, was one of those patients.
Her daughter Annette brought her into the emergency department on Oct.
7, one day before she and her husband Joe were to celebrate their 64th
wedding anniversary among family. While the couple was forced to celebrate
their anniversary in the hospital’s intensive care unit, today Agnes’
family credits Kaweah Delta for helping write the next chapter in the
couple’s love story.
“We thought we were losing her – we thought that was it, but
the care she received at Kaweah Delta and everybody’s hard work
got her through,” Annette said. “They realized they almost
lost each other and now they dote over each other like crazy.”
That day when Agnes arrived in the emergency department, the team at Kaweah
Delta did what it does for every potential stroke patient. They verified
that Agnes was having a hemorrhagic stroke (brain bleed). A neurosurgeon
was immediately consulted and it was determined that surgery was not needed.
After some time in the hospital, Agnes was transferred to Kaweah Delta’s
Rehabilitation Hospital, the only stroke program in Tulare and Kings Counties
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
The program helps people who have had a stroke with walking, speech, and
skills to improve memory and problem solve. She returned home to her husband
Joe in late October with the help of Kaweah Delta’s Home Health
Services, which offers in-home healthcare services for patients like Agnes,
who are recovering from hospitalization.
"I felt very safe here at my hospital," Agnes said. "I received
great care throughout the staff, from my hospital stay, to rehabilitation
to in-home services."
Kaweah Delta’s Stroke Program has been recognized by American Heart
Association for ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according
to nationally-recognized research-based guidelines. Kaweah Delta is focused
on obtaining Primary Stroke Center Certification by The Joint Commission
within the year. The certification recognizes centers that follow the
best practices for stroke care. By pursuing certification, Kaweah Delta
is reducing the variation in clinical processes, improving the quality
of patient care, and increasing community education on stroke prevention.
What this amounts to is providing the best stroke care for the people
of this community.
Already, people like Joe Dias are thankful for the work our stroke team is doing.
“We were watching TV the other day and they were saying good things
about St. Jude’s,” Annette said. “My dad turned to me
and said, ‘You know St. Jude’s is good, but we like Kaweah
Delta because we know what they’ve done for us.’”
Kaweah Delta appreciates loved ones of patients, such as Annette and Joe,
who are taking noticing of efforts to provide the best stroke care for
all patients in our community.