WhidbeyHealth retains status levels as a cardiac and stroke center

by Patricia Duff 10th February 2016

Nurse Beth Wright and Dr. John Plastino of the WhidbeyHealth Emergency Department participate in a Telestroke consultation with specialists from Swedish Hospital in Seattle.



The Washington State Department of Health recently notified WhidbeyHealth of its renewal of status as a Level II Cardiac Center and as a Level III Stroke Center for the next three years.


Matt Nelson, the cardiac/stroke program coordinator at the Washington State Department of Health, congratulated the hospital for meeting the criteria to remain at these levels.


“You have certified that your hospital meets the criteria for a Level II Cardiac Center and a Level III Stroke Center and provides the applicable services twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week,” wrote Nelson in a recent letter to Marie Meyers, trauma coordinator at WhidbeyHealth.


This re-certification assures EMS that the hospital will provide this level of service for patients brought to the hospital according to the state cardiac and stroke triage destination procedures.


“It is always gratifying to receive external validation of the care we provide,” said Chief Nursing Officer Linda Gipson.


“It affirms that our community can rely on us to provide the care they need when experiencing these potentially life-threatening conditions.”


The telestroke program at WhidbeyHealth provides immediate contact with a consulting neurologist, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology and the ability to administer potent, clot-disintegrating drugs to stabilize and treat patients when minutes count.


“In the event a patient requires an interventional procedure at a specialty center, we have developed strong partnerships with those centers, and work in collaboration with them to provide the best possible outcomes,” Gipson added.


“After recovery we provide both cardiac and stroke rehabilitation assuring that patients have the best chance of full recovery from a heart attack or a stroke.”  

Posted by WhidbeyLocal
Wednesday, 10th February 2016, 02:10pm.
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