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Allen Hospital becomes only stroke-certified hospital in Cedar Valley

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As of March 2013, Allen Hospital is now stroke certified and the only hospital with that certification in the Cedar Valley. As of March 2013, Allen Hospital is now stroke certified and the only hospital with that certification in the Cedar Valley.
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As of March 2013, Allen Hospital is now stroke certified and the only hospital with that certification in the Cedar Valley.

Starting in 2009, Allen began looking at the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association for research and studies on stroke. To get the certification, it then began developing performance measures and standardized care for stroke patients.

Neurology Clinic manager Jen Westendorf said most people don't know there is something that can be done for stroke.

Stroke centers use TPA, a clot-busting medication used to reduce the effects of a stroke.

"The national average for treating patients with TPA is 3 percent," Westendorf said. "At stroke centers, nationally it's about 7 percent. Since we've worked toward this accreditation, it's at least twice that."

Patients must receive this, though, within three hours after their stroke.

Rick Ruport had a stroke in March of this year. He didn't know he was having one, so he didn't go to the hospital until the next morning. Therefore, he was unable to get TPA.

Ruport was in the hospital for 10 weeks, and still meets with a physical therapist three times a week.

He now focuses on stroke awareness, and wants people to know stroke symptoms when they occur.

"People say I'm fine, and don't go to the emergency room or go see their doctor. They don't make that call," Ruport said.

More information on Allen Hospital's certification and stroke awareness can be found at www.allenhospital.org.

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