Kaweah Delta Stroke Program
Preventing & Treating Strokes in Visalia, Tulare County & Surrounding Areas
Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the nation. Every 40 seconds,
someone in the United States has a stroke, and every four minutes one
person will die from a stroke. According to the California Department
of Public Health, more people die of stroke in Tulare County than in the
state of California (42.7 per 100,000 compared to 38.1 per 100,000 deaths).
Stroke is a disease that affects the blood vessels that take blood to
Kaweah Delta is committed to providing the best care possible for our patients
who have had a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack). According to
Healthgrades Clinical Quality Reports, Kaweah Delta's stroke death
rate has been beyond expectations as compared to other hospitals throughout
the nation. With this commitment, Kaweah Delta is working toward Joint
Commission's Primary Stroke Certification. By pursuing certification,
Kaweah Delta has reduced the variation in clinical processes thus improving
the quality of patient care and increasing community education on stroke
Mission & Staff
The Stroke Program's mission is to provide high quality, customer-oriented
and financially strong healthcare services that meet the needs of patients
who present to the hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with acute
stroke or TIA. Our program goals include:
- Rapid identification of patients with signs/symptoms consistent with acute stroke.
- Appropriate and efficient management of acute stroke patients according
to best practice guidelines.
- Certification as a Primary Stroke Center and becoming a Neurological Center
A multidisciplinary team works diligently to ensure we are providing best
practice and evidence based care for our patients.
The Stroke program leadership includes:
- Dr. Sean Oldroyd - Stroke Program Medical Director
- Cheryl Smit RN-BC - Stroke Program Manager
- Heidi Gonne - Stroke Registrar/Secretary
- Emma Camarena, RN - Advanced Practice Nurse
- Dr. Zoltan Mocsary - Inpatient Stroke Program Medical Director
Award Winning Stroke Treatment
Kaweah Delta Health Care District was recently awarded the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke
Silver Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's
commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most
appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based
guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To receive the Silver Quality Achievement award, hospitals must achieve
85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement
indicators for at least 12 consecutive months.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the
most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery
and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate
use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive
use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood
thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein
thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.
- 24/7 neurology coverage
- 24/7 neurosurgery coverage
- 24/7 intensivist coverage
- In-patient Rehab services
- Local physicians, intensivists, hospitalists