The Texas Department of State Health Services has designated ETMC Athens as a Level III stroke center.
“Your hospital is to be commended for its ongoing commitment to ensure quality care is available for stroke patients in its area,” said TDSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, in his notification letter.
There are 148 designated stroke facilities in Texas. There are 17 comprehensive or Level 1 centers. There are 110 primary or Level II stroke facilities, including ETMC Tyler. ETMC Athens along with ETMC Henderson and ETMC Pittsburg are part of the 15 support or Level III facilities.
“We are proud of our team members who helped ETMC Athens achieve this designation,” said Patrick Wallace, hospital administrator.
To earn the two-year designation, ETMC Athens had to pass an extensive on-site survey during which all its stroke protocols were evaluated. Also, the state reviewed data compiled over a six-month period by the hospital to ensure current clinical guidelines relating to stroke care were followed.
In addition, Level III centers must have the equipment, protocols and specially trained personnel needed to resuscitate, stabilize and assess stroke victims and provide treatment or immediate transfer to a higher level stroke center. They also must provide ongoing educational opportunities relating to stroke and implement stroke prevention programs.