(Macon, GA) – Coliseum Medical Centers was recently given an Award for Excellence by the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry (GCASR) at the 2019 Georgia Stroke Conference.
The award was presented for having the highest proportion of eligible patients with a door-to-needle time less than 45 minutes among hospitals with similar bed size (301-499 beds). Door-to-needle times represent the time it takes for a stroke patient to receive the clot busting drug, tPA after arrival to the hospital.
The American Stroke Association recommends a door to needle time of 60 minutes or less. Coliseum Northside Hospital also received an Award for Excellence for having shown the highest proportion of patients with a door-to-imaging time less than twenty-five minutes. Door-to-imaging time is the time it takes for a patient to receive a CT scan. Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital were the only two middle Georgia hospitals who received awards at the conference.
Sourabh Lahoti, MD, Neurologist at Coliseum Medical Centers, said, “Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital continue to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. Our stroke team is dedicated to care that is timely and effective in order to save lives and improve outcomes. I am incredibly proud of our team for doing the work that is needed to receive an importance designation such as this.”
In addition, Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital have been named a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Coliseum Medical Centers has also received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award for the last nine years. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. In 2017, Georgia had the 8th highest stroke death rate in the U.S., with 19% of those deaths being among persons under the age of 65.
Recently, stroke has been widely discussed in the news following the death of 52-year old actor Luke Perry. Dr. Lahoti said, “In many of the interviews about Perry’s death, physicians have stressed the importance of being treated at an accredited stroke facility that is capable of identifying a stroke and treating it within the recommended door-to-needle time. Coliseum has repeatedly been recognized for their ability to effectively treat stroke patients and that is good news for residents of middle Georgia.”
About Coliseum Health System
Owned by HCA Healthcare (HCA), Coliseum Health System is comprised of Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital, two medical/surgical campuses with a total of 413 beds.
The hospitals feature an expansive range of state-of-the-art services designed to meet the comprehensive medical needs of central Georgia. Both facilities include a 24-hour emergency room, inpatient and outpatient surgery options, rehabilitation programs, and diagnostic services.
In addition, Coliseum Health System’s breadth of care options includes specialty facilities such as the Coliseum Heart Institute, an advanced cardiac center offering all services from non-invasive cardiology to open heart surgery, Coliseum Primary Stroke Center, Coliseum Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, Coliseum Cancer Institute, Coliseum Robotic Institute, Georgia Bariatric Center, Coliseum Rehabilitation Center, and the Family Ties Birthing Center, which includes a level III neonatal nursery.
Additionally, the Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health, located at Coliseum Medical Centers, provides treatment to adults with psychiatric and addiction issues through inpatient and outpatient programs, as well as, a specialty program for senior adults.