Nacogdoches Memorial now stroke center

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital's dedicated efforts in developing a stroke program has paid off. Today the hospital was formally presented the official certificate of designation as a Level II Stroke Center. Only ten stroke centers have been designated by the State of Texas so far and Nacogdoches Memorial is the second to receive the recognition. The action follows state legislation that encouraged stroke prevention and faster and better care for stroke victims.

Following is hospital press release:

Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital – The Path to Becoming a Level II Stroke Center

  • Our Stroke Program initiative formally started in June 2008 with the formation of the Stroke Team, a unified team of professionals in emergency medicine, radiology, neurology and neurosurgery to quickly address the needs of each suspected stroke patient who comes through our doors.
  • The Stroke Team began collecting the necessary data and streamlining our procedures and responses in accordance with recognized federal guidelines for treating stroke.
  • We received our initial Joint Commission certification in April 2009.
  • We will receive our official certificate of "designation" as a Level II Stroke Facility by the Texas Department of State Health Services in a special presentation on Dec. 2, 2009.
  • Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital is one of the first ten stroke centers to receive designation by the State of Texas. We're actually the second designated stroke center in the state.

  Improvements as a result of the stroke program:


  1. Current volume is projected to see approximately 200 stroke-related admissions in 2009.
  1. Created Intensive Care, Intermediate Care and Med-Surg level of care Stroke Units.
  1. Advanced stroke education to the nursing staff on these units, with  97 nurses trained in NIH Stroke Scale … an objective, comprehensive neurological exam.
  1. Developed a medical-staff level stroke committee to review stats, performance improvement and to critically review the care provided to stroke patients.
  1. No TPA Administrations (clot-busting drug) in 2008.   We have given it five times in 2009 due to increased awareness for patient eligibility and quicker diagnostics being performed.
  1. Implemented stream-lined documentation tools in the emergency department and on the floors to better capture important stroke care information.
  1. Joined and actively utilize the AHA Get-With-The-Guidelines Stroke Registry to better analyze and compare our performance with other stroke centers.
  1. Provided leadership and direction to other regional hospitals as they prepare to implement stroke programs in their facilities.
  1. Provided a tremendous number of stroke education presentations to the general public on stroke signs/symptoms and treatments available for stroke.