HMHD Designated as Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital

(McLeansboro, IL) - The Illinois Department of Public Health has re-designated Hamilton Memorial Hospital as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital. Earning the designation requires Hamilton Memorial to meet the standards to support better outcomes by providing early intervention to stroke patients. The eligibility standards include a dedicated stroke-focused program, qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care, and individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs.

Jenee Wilson, Quality and Risk Management Director at Hamilton Memorial, states, “We are proud to continue our commitment to quality care for our community.  This is especially important when it comes to stroke care, where every minute counts.  This designation is the result of training and preparedness that enables us to provide early stroke intervention to our community.”

Early detection of a stroke is vital to the best possible outcome for the patient. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association suggest using the letters in FAST to spot stroke signs and knowing when to call 9-1-1.

  • Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb.
  • Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb, ask the person to raise both arms.
  • Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak or hard to understand.
  • Time to call 9-1-1: If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke” to help get the person to the hospital immediately.

Hamilton Memorial Hospital has been serving Hamilton County and surrounding areas for over 60 years. A critical access facility, staffed by skilled medical professionals, providing comprehensive patient-focused care and state-of-the art technology. HMHD is committed to supporting friends, families, and neighbors, with modern, convenient, affordable care close to home. As an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital, the Hamilton Memorial Hospital Emergency Department is certified, trained, and ready to provide quality, life-saving care to stroke patients.


Article Created: June 25, 2024