RMC Recognized by MUSC Health for Stroke Care


The RMC Advanced Primary Stroke Center team has been recognized by MUSC for administering the life-saving drug, tPA, to a stroke patient in under 30 minutes. Pictured, from left, are Jesse West, RN and Bonnie Dellinger, MD of the RMC Emergency Department.
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has been recognized by MUSC Health as a member of the 2016 Under 30 Minute tPA Club for administering life-saving care to stroke patients in a short amount of time.

“We are proud of our Stroke Team and the great work they do to save the lives of our stroke patients,” said RMC Stroke Center Medical Director Lyle Shelver, MD. “This recognition is a reflection of the great partnership we have established with MUSC Health’s Telestroke program, and the dedication of the RMC team to our patients and their quality of life.”

In cases in which stroke patients can receive thrombolytic therapy, Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA), the medication must be administered within three hours of the appearance of the first stroke symptom. The sooner those eligible stroke patients receive tPA the greater their chances of survival and reduction of permanent damage. MUSC Health is recognizing RMC for RMC’s fastest door-to-needle time of administering this life-saving drug in 2016, which was less than 30 minutes upon the patient’s arrival to the Emergency Department.

Certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, RMC’s affiliation with MUSC Health’s Telestroke program provides urgent telestroke evaluations and treatment by MUSC neurologists to RMC patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. RMC currently treats about 250 stroke patients per year. The RMC Emergency Department has established a “stroke pathways” treatment plan that quickly guides patients through radiological studies and clinical evaluations.

The number of RMC stroke patients who received tPA doubled from 10 patients in 2014 to 24 patients in 2015. In 2016, 27 patients received tPA.

“This award is a great testament to the work of our Emergency Department and our Stroke Care teams and their commitment to providing quality care to their patients every day,” said RMC Telehealth Coordinator and Stroke Program Coordinator Sherry Davis, BSN, RN, SCRN.

The RMC healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital and 21 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC is certified by The Joint Commission, and in addition to being certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, RMC is a DHEC designated Level III Trauma Center. RMC is affiliated with MUSC Health, the largest academic teaching facility in South Carolina, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.

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