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Monongahela Valley Hospital honors local emergency services team.

(Dec. 20, 2012 — Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital Emergency Department staff recently honored a local EMS service for bringing the first stroke patient to MVH after the hospital was named a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Photo from left: Monongahela Valley Hospital staff recognized the Rostraver-West Newton Emergency Services staff for their excellence in patient stroke care and service to the hospital. They are from left: Linda Zidek, EMS pre-hospital coordinator; Christine Snyder, RN, MSN, MVH stroke care coordinator; Brenda Walther, M.D., Emergency Department director; Michael Stangroom of Belle Vernon, Rostraver/West Newton Emergency Services director of operations; Matthew Smelser of Belle Vernon, paramedic supervisor; Jeffrey A. Pesarsick of Maidsville, W.V., supervisor.















Representatives from the Rostraver-West Newton Emergency Services accepted the certificate at a recent EMS managers meeting held at MVH.

“Thank you from the community, the hospital staff and administration,” said Senior Vice President of Nursing Mary Lou Murt. “We are better able to serve Mon Valley residents when we work as a team toward the best interest of patients who may be suffering from stroke, because treatment time is especially crucial to recovery.”

When a patient suffers a stroke, every minute is precious, and transporting patients to a certified stroke center is now a mandate for EMS teams.

Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The amount of time from the onset of stroke symptoms until treatment begins is critical in reducing long-term disability. For every hour a stroke is left untreated, the brain ages 3.6 years.

MVH Stroke Care Coordinator Christine Snyder, RN, MSN, said MVH becoming a Primary Stroke Center meets MVH’s mission to provide the best possible care to the community.

“It is important for people to seek emergency care as soon as symptoms occur,” she said. “Early treatment improves the chances to return to normal.”

Stroke symptoms might include a facial droop or uneven smile, arm numbness or weakness, and slurred speech or difficulty speaking or understanding. Time is of the essence and should someone experience or identify any of these warning signs, they should call 9-1-1 and get to the nearest certified stroke center immediately for care.


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