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Simi Valley Stroke Care

Certified Primary Stroke Center in Ventura County

Residents of Simi Valley, Moorpark and the surrounding communities who experience a stroke have the advantage of a hospital with specialized services for stroke treatment. Adventist Health Simi Valley is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s top healthcare accrediting body.

Stroke certification confirms that Adventist Health Simi Valley has the personnel, procedures and facilities to provide outstanding care for stroke patients in a very timely manner. As part of the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) stroke network, the county EMS transports local stroke patients directly to Adventist Health Simi Valley for timely care.

Stroke care quality awards

Adventist Health Simi Valley has earned two significant awards from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) for our stroke care program: the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines — Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines — Stroke quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Adventist Health Simi Valley earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

Proven expertise in stroke care

Adventist Health Simi Valley’s qualifications and capabilities to provide care for stroke patients extend beyond our Primary Stroke Center designation and our awards:

  • Our emergency room nurses and other staff throughout the hospital are specially trained and certified in stroke assessment through the National Institutes of Health. This training provides the skills to identify specific signs of stroke and the effect the stroke has had on the brain. Nurses are required to successfully complete a renewal process for their certification every year.
  • Our stroke program’s medical director and coordinator are required to undergo continuing education annually to stay up-to-date on the latest standards of practice and information about stroke care.
  • Adventist Health Simi Valley must continually demonstrate that we are maintaining the standards that earned us certification from key healthcare governing bodies, including The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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