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AUGUSTA HEALTH STROKE TEAM RECEIVES STROKE GOLD PLUS TARGET ELITE PLUS QUALITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Augusta Health Stroke Program has received the Get with the Guidelines—Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus recognition from the American Heart Association. The recognition is for achieving an aggressive set of quality goals for stroke patients—those goals are the ‘guidelines’—for 12 consecutive months.

The Gold Plus Quality designation signifies that the Augusta Health Stroke Team achieved 85% or higher adherence to all indicators for at least 24 months and has 75% or higher compliance with five additional quality measures. To qualify as a Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus hospital, Augusta Health met a separate set of quality measures that specifically reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the ‘clot busting’ drug, tPA, tissue plasminogen activator. If given intravenously within the specified time period after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA can significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessens the chance of permanent disability.
The goal of the quality measures is to help hospital teams like Augusta Health’s to follow the most current, evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.
During the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Augusta Health in 2016, 3% of local residents indicated they had experienced a stroke. This is a higher reported rate than state-wide (2.8%) or nationally (2.6%).

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Amy Markham, RN, Stroke Team Coordinator at Augusta Health. “This recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to our patients quickly and safely. We are always working toward excellence in treatment of our patients, and are very pleased to receive this acknowledgement of our team’s hard work and efforts.”

Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters/Truven in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for three consecutive years. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please visit the website, www.augustahealth.com.

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  • Drug Take Back Day April 29

    A safe way for the community to dispose of prescription, over-the-counter and pet medicines. This is a coordinated state-wide effort between law enforcement agencies, hospitals and healthcare providers and community service organizations.

    Drive through, drop off, no questions asked.

    Medicine does not have to be in original containers. If it is, identifying information should be removed or marked out. Needles and ‘Sharps’ are not allowed.

    Locally, this effort is coordinated by the Home Instead Senior Care, Augusta Health, the Staunton Police Department and the Waynesboro Police Department, Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Greater Augusta Prevention Partners and the Central Shenandoah Health District.

    Three local sites:

    • Staunton: Fisher Auto Parts Parking Lot next to Augusta Health’s Urgent Care on Statler Blvd.
    • Waynesboro: Waynesboro Neighborhood Walmart at 1211 West Broad Street
    • Verona: Augusta Health Family Practice Parking Lot on Route 11 at Green Hills Drive

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    10 am – 2 pm (or until capacity is maximized)

  • Walk with a Doc is Back!

    Last year’s popular community program, Walk with a Doc is back for a second year! It begins in April and continues through October, with monthly Saturday walks in both Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton and on the Greenway in Waynesboro.

    Walking is moderate physical activity, and is an activity folks of any age can enjoy without a huge investment.


    Folks can start their weekends off by taking steps toward better health by joining us for an hour-long community walk led by a local physician. The walks are in partnership with Staunton Parks & Rec and Waynesboro Parks & Rec—second Saturday of the month is in Staunton and third Saturday of the month is in Waynesboro.

    Participants receive a free t-shirt and pedometer and are encouraged to count and report their steps between walks. Last year we totaled 26,500,026 throughout the season!

    Note: Journalists benefit from walking and physical activity, too. Should any of you decide to hold and report on a friendly competition, we’ll be happy to supply the t-shirts and pedometers.

    Where: Kick-off Walks at
    Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand in Staunton
    Dominion Shelter in Constitution Park on the Greenway in Waynesboro

    When:

    Staunton
    Saturday, April 8
    8:30 – 9:30 am

    Waynesboro
    Saturday, April 15
    8:30 – 9:30 am

  • August Health: Emergency Department Expansion Ground Breaking

    On April 26, Augusta Health will break ground on our Emergency Department Expansion project.  Built to serve 35,000 patients annually, the volume reached 62,000 visits in 2015.  Advances in equipment and technology have provided safer care and improved patient outcomes, but require more physical space than could possibly have been foreseen in the 1990s.  As a result of the expansion, the number of treatment rooms will increase from 24 to 48 larger, walled private rooms.  There will be dedicated areas for trauma, stroke and heart attack, and behavioral health issues.  There will be family consultation areas for private conversations and dedicated work space for EMS, police and behavioral health colleagues.

  • AUGUSTA HEALTH ACCREDITED BY ACR AS LUNG CANCER SCREENING CENTER

    Augusta Health has been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as an ACR Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center.  This accreditation signifies that Augusta Health provides valuable lung cancer screening services to the community “at the highest standards of the radiology profession”.

                The goal of lung cancer screening is to save lives through early detection before symptoms occur.  Lung Cancer is the number one cause of cancer death for both men and women in the United States, and in the absence of screening, lung cancer is not usually detected until symptoms appear in an advance stage.  One in 14 adults will develop lung cancer, and a national lung cancer screening trial demonstrated 20% fewer deaths from lung cancer from the group who underwent Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung screening compared to those who had annual chest x-rays. 

                LDCT is recommended for those at high risk for lung cancer who have no symptoms, are between 55 and 80 years old, are a current smoker or have quit smoking within the past 15 years, is or has been a ’30 pack-year’ smoker, and has no issues that would prevent lung cancer treatment.  Anyone who is interested in LDCT Lung Cancer Screening should discuss the risk factors with his or her physician and ask for a referral.

    Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters/Truven in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for three consecutive years.  For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please visit the website, www.augustahealth.com

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  • AUGUSTA HEALTH PURCHASES LEXINGTON PROPERTY

    Augusta Health has purchased the Cool Springs Market building on Greenhouse Road in Lexington and plans to renovate it for a multi-specialty clinic and diagnostic facility, the Augusta Health Lexington Specialty Clinic. Construction will begin immediately, and is expected to be completed late in the fourth quarter of 2017.

    The property is adjacent to Augusta Health Primary Care, Lexington, where specialists currently use office space for patient appointments. The new facility, with more than 6100 square feet of office space, will include three physician offices, seven exam rooms, a procedure room, laboratory draw area, and an imaging area that includes x-ray and ultrasound for diagnostics.

    “We have appreciated the opportunity to provide our patients in Lexington with high quality care without the need to travel for that care,” said Karen Clark, President of Augusta Medical Group. “We are now very excited to be able to expand our services in Lexington to provide more access to our current specialists and add more specialties to our clinic.”

    Specialists who currently see patients at the Augusta Health Primary Care office plan to expand their office days in Lexington after moving into the new clinic. Those specialties include Rheumatology, Spine Clinic, Pulmonology, Otolaryngology, Endocrinology, General Cardiology and Orthopedics. New specialties that may offer office days in Lexington in the Augusta Health Lexington Specialty Clinic include Occupational Health, Gastroenterology, Oncology, General Surgery, Pain Clinic and Wound Clinic.

    Augusta Health is an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of its community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters/Truven in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for four consecutive years. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please visit the website, www.augustahealth.com.

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