Jane Phillips Medical Center Earns Stroke and Trauma Certification

Bartlesville, Okla. (March 30, 2016) — Jane Phillips Medical Center recently earned state certification for care of stroke and trauma patients. Officials from the Oklahoma Department of Health conducted an on-site survey on March 29 as a follow up to the hospital’s application submitted last fall. Surveyors investigated the medical facility’s equipment, supplies, policies, adherence to regulations and guidelines, and collaboration with outside entities such as Bartlesville Ambulance and helicopter transport services.

The certification is valid for three years.

“This is a tremendous achievement that can be attributed to the commitment of our dedicated associates and physicians,” said JPMC Chief Nursing Officer Angie Bidleman, RN. “It also underscores the quality, compassionate care that we continue to deliver.”

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

Stroke can be caused either by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). A TIA (transient ischemic attack), or "mini stroke", is caused by a temporary clot.

JPMC’s certification is for a Level III stroke center which requires having a stroke team in place at all times and be able to provide diagnostic services, stabilization, thrombolytic therapy (dissolving of blood clots), and emergency care.

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