Lufkin stroke initiative receives state recognition

Suzanne Monsour (picture left), project manager for ETSI and Kim Deaton, RN, accept the award.
Suzanne Monsour (picture left), project manager for ETSI and Kim Deaton, RN, accept the award.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Memorial Health System of East Texas Press Release

The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke has awarded the Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Outstanding Program Award to the East Texas Stroke Initiative in Lufkin.

A partnership between Memorial Health System East Texas  and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, the East Texas Stroke Initiative was made possible by a 3-year, $ 5.8 million grant funded by the TLL Temple Foundation.

Now in its second year, the program has accomplished multiple goals, including Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin receiving certification as the city's first and only Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center, widespread Community Education for Stroke Prevention Strategies, Signs & Symptoms and Medical Urgency and lowering the length of stay overall for stroke patients in the program.

The East Texas Stroke Initiative is the only program to receive an outstanding evaluation this year.

The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease, in conjunction with the Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke Program of the Texas Department of State Health Services, created the Health Promotion awards to recognize outstanding cardiovascular health promotion programs in Texas.

CVD and stroke are leading causes of death in Texas. Increases in the rates of physical inactivity, poor dietary choices, diabetes, high blood cholesterol and obesity, as well as the continued high prevalence of hypertension and the use of tobacco contribute to these diseases each year.

As the largest health care system in the deep East Texas area, Memorial Health System of East Texas is a private, not-for-profit hospital that provides care to almost a quarter of a million procedures each year.  Since its inception in 1949, Memorial Health System has paved the way for quality, innovative health care in East Texas.  In fact, Memorial consistently ranks among the nations best for exceptional health care and patient satisfaction.

Memorial Health System of East Texas is comprised of four hospitals: Memorial Medical Center—Lufkin, Memorial Medical Center—Livingston, Memorial Medical Center—San Augustine, and Memorial Specialty Hospital, the only rural long-term acute care facility within the area.

Additionally, Memorial is a regional cardiovascular care center and offers the latest in heart care from a highly trained team of heart surgeons and cardiologists.  Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center, which consistently earns a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer.  Memorial is the first health care facility in Texas to acquire the DaVinci High Definition Robot for robotic assisted procedures for kidneys and gynecology.

Other centers of excellence include the Temple Imaging Center that offers some of the most advanced procedures in the area, including PET/CT scanning for cancer and Alzheimer's, 64 Slice CT scanning, Open Bore MRI, 4D Ultrasound, digital mammography and breast MRI.

Memorial Health System of East Texas is founded and funded by the people it serves.

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