Utilizing the American Stroke Association guidelines for treatment, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment is available 24/7 to provide brain imaging scans, that enable our staff of nationally-renowned neurologists, to conduct the highest level of patient evaluations and utilize clot-busting medications when appropriate. Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is the only hospital in the state to earn the American Stroke Association's Gold Achievement Award, our treatments include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has earned the Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, The Joint Commission has maintained state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations.