PALMER—The Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (MSRMC) recently announced that it had received recognition for two prestigious awards: the Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care by The Joint Commission corresponding with May, which is National Stroke Month, and the LifeCenter Northwest’s Organ Donation Achievement Award for 2017.

This marks yet another set of milestones for an expansive and all-encompassing year for the state’s largest growing medical endeavor for the state’s fastest growing population.

MSRMC is the first in hospital in Alaska to receive this advanced stroke accreditation.

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“Mat-Su Regional is committed to making our stroke care program the best it can be – and this means partnering with a multidisciplinary team of physicians from emergency medicine, intensivists and neurology, as well as nursing, rehabilitation services, pharmacy, radiology, and social work,” said Nancy Eyraud, the hospital’s stroke and chest pain center coordinator in a recent press release.

According to the press release: “Stroke is the nation’s fifth leading cause of death. Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke – one every 40 seconds. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.”

The American Stroke Association and the Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification developed the certification based on the recommendations and guidelines for primary stroke care centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association.

“The real key is educating the public so they recognize symptoms and get help immediately. The faster the treatment, the less brain tissue is injured and the better the outcome,” Eyraud said.

MSRMC was one of 15 hospitals to receive the Organ Donation Achievement Award in 2017. These milestones equate to more patients on the waiting list getting a second chance at life thanks to organ transplants. LifeCenter Northwest is a federally designated organ acquirement institute that serves Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington, covering the largest geographic donation service area in United States.

The organ award was handed to hospitals who achieved a 75 percent donation rate. Hospitals were rated by their ability to make timely referral calls through their collaboration on potential donation cases and by keeping the donation gate open.

“We are thrilled to earn this designation. This reflects the commitment of the Mat-Su Regional team to provide the best stroke care for the patients we serve,” Eyraud said.


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