NORFOLK – Faith Regional Health Services is being designated among the leaders in Nebraska for treating strokes.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday designated 13 hospitals as Primary Stroke Centers in Nebraska, with Faith Regional among them. The designation is part of DHHS creating a statewide system to standardize stroke treatment.
The hospital was actually ahead of the curve, as administrators say they first received their Primary Stroke Center designation in 2014.
“There are certain elements that a facility has to encompass and prove that your are competent to take care of a stroke patient,” said FRHS Stroke and Chest Pain Coordinator Jenny Simmons. “That means reaching out and extending relationships with outreach communities and local EMS.”
The DHHS announcement comes on the heels of the passage of the Stroke System of Care Act by the Nebraska Legislature in 2016. The bill called for a standardized improvement in timely and effective treatment of strokes.
Faith Regional has since become part of a statewide task force designed to help all hospitals be better prepared for stroke victims.
“Their mission is to develop a streamlined care across the state of Nebraska,” Simmons said. “That was where the push came for the smaller hospitals to be stroke-ready hospitals.”
A DHHS study showed that 3,700 Nebraskans suffered a stroke in 2016.
Besides Faith Regional, the other hospitals are spread out over Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Kearney, North Platte, Hastings and Grand Island.