In recognition of its expertise in treating stroke patients, Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Harris Campus has been named a designated stroke center by the New York State Department of Health. A state protocol dictates emergency responders transport certain stroke patients to designated stroke centers even if other hospitals are closer.
As a designated Stroke Center, Catskill Regional has an expert Stroke Team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques, to minimize brain damage. Having quick access to these types of services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.
In addition tour Stroke Center designation, Catskill Regional has added a “Doc-on-Wheels” funded through a NYS HEAL 15 grant, specifically allocated for enhancements to the Emergency Department. “Doctor Polly” is made by Polycom and is a Real Presence Practitioner Cart 8000; a mobile cart for bedside consultations between patients and off-site specialists. In total, the HEAL 15 grant has allowed Catskill Regional to purchase $350,000 in needed ED equipment which made the funding for this new, high tech equipment possible.
Catskill Regional Medical Center has also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus & Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Awards. These awards recognize Catskill Regional’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Every Second Counts – Know the Symptoms & Signs of a Stroke
A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a brain attack occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. Doctors call this area of dead cells an infarct. These cells usually die within minutes to a few hours after the stroke starts.
Call 911 immediately if you experience sudden onset of the following:
- numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
- confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- trouble seeing in or of both eyes
- trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- severe headache (with no known cause)
LifeNet of New York (LNNY)
LifeNet is a community based program that provides air medical transport service throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, with 10 aircraft strategically located across its service area. The LNNY flight crew consists of a Flight Nurse, Flight Paramedic and Pilot. In addition each aircraft has a certified mechanic assigned to it to provide 24/7 maintenance
LifeNet 7-5 is based on Catskill Regional Medical Center campus in Harris, New York, along the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The Flight Crew quarters are located within the hospital and the crews are available for immediate flight request as well as in-house hospital emergencies.
LifeNet 7-5 is a community-based program of the Airmethods Corporation. LifeNet 7-5 opened its doors and began offering advanced air medical transport services in January 2007.
Serving the residents and visitors of Sullivan, Delaware as well as portions of Ulster and Orange Counties, LifeNet 7-5 also provides mutual aide service to our neighboring states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.