According to a press release, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa is the first hospital in Nampa to be designated as a Level III Stroke Center by the State of Idaho’s Time Sensitive Emergency Statewide Council. Additionally, the Nampa hospital is the first in Canyon County to be designated by the Idaho TSE in three keys areas: stroke, trauma and chest pain.
The Level III Stroke Center designation represents an evidence-based approach to highly organized systems of care in the event of a stroke, and was achieved by demonstrating improved patient outcomes, lowered costs, reduced preventable deaths and improved quality of life for patients.
The designation verifies the hospital provides nationally accepted evidence-based practices and standards of care for stroke patients. This systematic approach starts with community education and prevention and also with 911 services to rapidly identify and treat time sensitive emergencies, with the goal being to reduce morbidity and mortality.
“Saint Alphonsus continues to raise the bar in Canyon County, setting a standard of excellence in acute medical care that will not only save lives, but improve a patient’s quality of life,” said Travis Leach, President, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa. “I’m proud to be a part of an organization that is committed to leading the way in our community, providing our patients with the care they deserve.”
“The designation as an Idaho-certified stroke center allows patients in the Western Treasure Valley access to state-of-the-art stroke care close to home,” said Dr. John Gibson, Saint Alphonsus Emergency Physician and Stroke Champion.
“The new streamlined protocols and care pathways mean that our patients are cared for by emergency nurses and doctors with expertise in stroke-specific symptoms,” Gibson said. “Stroke patients also have immediate access to the latest imaging modalities, the most advanced medications and interventional radiology procedures and consultation with specialty-trained stroke neurologists. Exceptional stroke care is now the standard at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa.”
The Time Sensitive Emergency Council was established to manage a statewide Time Sensitive Emergency system of care to address three of the top three preventable causes of death in Idaho; trauma, stroke, and heart attack.
Idaho’s TSE program has created three designation levels for stroke centers, five levels for trauma centers and two levels for heart attack (STEMI) centers.
Centrally located to serve the Western Treasure Valley, just off Interstate 84 at the Garrity exit, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa is designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, Level I STEMI facility, and now a Level III Stroke Center.