Taylorville Memorial Hospital has been redesignated as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital effective August 28, 2017. This designation maintains TMH has the processes and technology in place to promptly diagnose and treat stroke patients with lifesaving measures prior to transfer.
In order to achieve Acute Stroke-Ready Designation, TMH met certain guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health. These guidelines include having evidence-based protocols, reviewing policies and protocols annually, collecting data regarding care of patient population and having a written transfer agreement with a hospital that has neurosurgical expertise such as Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
TMH must also have 24-hour access to an acute stroke team, thrombolytic therapy or “clot-busting” drugs, CT scan and laboratory.
Medical director of TMH’s emergency department Richard E. Jeisy, MD has been designated as the Clinical Director of Stroke Care at TMH.
“We are proud to continue our designation as an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital. By meeting these criteria, we are able to help victims of a stroke get the quality care they need, saving lives and possibly decreasing the negative impact a stroke can have on patients,” said Tracy Seaton, Director of Nursing at TMH.
TMH originally received this designation in 2014 and each designation is valid for three years.