Newark Wayne Community Hospital (NWCH) is among a select group of hospitals recognized by the New York State Department of Health for expertise in stroke care. To be certified, a hospital must meet strict treatment guidelines and aggressive performance standards proven to deliver the best patient outcomes. As of January 2012, fewer than 20% of major U.S. hospitals were stroke-certified.
Our ability to administer this model of high-quality care means that patients in Western NY have access to the latest stroke treatment close to home. At NWCH, you are in the care of highly skilled and experienced specialists with leading edge treatments that can dramatically improve your recovery outlook.
Emergency stroke treatment 24/7
Stroke is a complex condition that requires carefully coordinated treatment and monitoring by highly skilled professionals. Our Stroke Center gives you round-the-clock access to the specialized clinical expertise and technology that can make the difference between recovery and permanent disability.
Your care starts before you arrive
By carefully coordinating efforts with local Emergency Medical Services (EMS), we ensure that your high-quality care begins en route to NWCH. We require EMS to notify us of potential incoming stroke patients so your stroke team can be assembled and ready when you arrive. We also provide EMS with ongoing education on the latest stroke protocols.
Expertise that saves lives and reduces disability
Your acute stroke team are specialists in stroke treatment, with rigorous training in rapid-response procedures. They will quickly assess you and provide treatment that can save your life, limit long-term disability, prevent complications, and decrease your risk of having another stroke.
Advanced diagnostics and proven emergency therapies
Your team will use sophisticated technologies and laboratory tests to promptly diagnose the cause of your symptoms and rapidly administer the latest proven therapies.
Your stroke team uses detailed imaging tests to diagnose strokes or other cerebrovascular conditions:
- CT scan: an x-ray of your brain that reveals evidence of bleeding or ischemic stroke.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): computerized brain imaging done with magnets instead of x-ray.
- Carotid duplex ultrasound: examines blood vessels in your neck to see if they are narrowed.
- Transcranial dopplers: examine blood vessels in your brain to see if they are narrowed.
- Transthoracic echocardiogram: use of ultrasound to detect a blood clot or other heart malfunction.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram: a small tube is placed down your throat to view your heart to detect clotting.
- Cardiac monitoring: patches are placed on your chest and attached to a monitor to determine heart beat irregularities.
Your stroke team can rapidly administer the latest clot-busting drugs and other medicines to reduce your risk of disability. In a minority of cases, when emergency neurosurgery is deemed to be the best treatment option, a specialized surgical team will perform your surgery within 2 hours.
Personalized, comprehensive care
A stroke can be a life-changing event. Once you are beyond your acute treatment stage, you will receive attentive, individualized care from our full range of specially trained medical professionals. They will work with you and your family to carefully map out a plan to maximize your recovery plan and help avoid a recurrence.
Stroke Treatment Quality Measures
NWCH is dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care to meet the specialized needs of people affected by stroke. We implement aggressive protocols and stroke treatment quality measures that are proven to reduce complications and improve quality of life for stroke patients.
The care we provide is meticulously managed to comply with the latest standards in stroke treatment required by the NYS Health Department.
Following is a summary of our quality measures:
Our team maintains a detailed stroke log that tracks patients’ progress including response times, diagnoses, treatments and outcomes. In addition, we participate in a NYS registry that measures our protocols and outcomes.
Our Stroke Center meets stringent time targets:
- Door to doctor evaluation - 10 minutes
- Door to stroke team contact - 15 minutes
- Door to CT taken - 25 minutes
- Door to CT read - 45 minutes
- Door to treatment - 60 minutes
At NWCH, special quality assurance groups carefully review stroke patient outcome data to improve best practices for stroke care.