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News Release
Good Samaritan's Commitment to Quality Stroke Care Recognized, First in Nebraska

Release Date: May 27, 2016

KEARNEY - CHI Health Good Samaritan has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s adherence to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines to support better outcomes for stroke patients like faster recovery and reduced disability and mortality. Good Samaritan is the first hospital in Nebraska to earn this elite level of recognition.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute treatment is delayed,” said Pamela Palmer, RN, BSN, CCRN, Intensive Care and Neuro-Trauma Educator, Stroke Coordinator. At Good Samaritan we are continually advancing, finding better ways to treat strokes faster and more safely. This award reinforces our team’s drive to provide the most up-to-date care to our friends and neighbors.”

Good Samaritan has also met specific scientific guidelines as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“Hospitals that follow AHA/ASA recommended guidelines not only know the importance of treating quickly with tPA (clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator), but they also follow evidence-based research that helps to determine why you had a stroke in the first place and report these findings,” said Paul O'Connell, MSN, RN, CNML, Emergency Services Director.

Good Samaritan has been a Primary Stroke Center since 2011 and treats more than 200 stroke patients yearly.

Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.