National Initiative Improves Stroke Care

If you have visited Southampton Hospital lately, you know it is impossible to ignore the construction. Since last August, E.W. Howell has been hard at work in coordination with the Hospital’s Facilities & Engineering staff to complete construction on the new Audrey & Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center. The project is on target for completion by the fall of 2014, with many essential upgrades. Find out more about this project.

In addition to these on-site improvements, Southampton Hospital has also improved treatment protocols for stroke care as part of a nationwide initiative led by the American Stroke Association. The goal is to expedite stroke treatment with a clot-busting medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), providing the drug intravenously within 4.5 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms and within 60 minutes of the patient’s arrival at the hospital. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, this stroke care initiative reduced in-hospital deaths from 9.9% to 8.2% over three years, with an increased percentage of patients leaving the hospital able to walk and making a full recovery at home.

According to Janet Woo, Southampton Hospital’s Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse, “When it comes to stroke, you have to act fast. If you recognize the signs of stroke in yourself or a loved one, get to the hospital for an evaluation and treatment if necessary. Your quick action could save a life!

To learn more about signs and symptoms of stroke, please call Janet Woo, RN, CNRN at (631) 726-3171 or visit

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