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Don’t Have a Stroke

Dick Clark. Sharon Stone. Rick James.

When you think of these celebrities, you probably think of their talents. What you probably don’t realize is that each suffered a stroke.

Strokes – or brain attacks – can happen to anyone at any time. Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of death.

According to the National Stroke Association, about 800,000 people suffer from strokes every year. What’s notable, however, is that nearly 80 percent of strokes can be avoided.

Certain traits, conditions and habits can raise an individual’s risk of having a stroke. Many of these lifestyle risk factors can be controlled and may actually help prevent a stroke from occurring.

That’s good news, right? So, how do we lessen our chances of having a stroke?

We can start by controlling these lifestyle risk factors:
• High blood pressure
• Smoking
• Diabetes
• Poor diet
• High blood cholesterol
• Physical inactivity
• Obesity
• Heart diseases
• Alcohol consumption

If you think you can improve any of these lifestyle risk factors, do it.
The changes you make now may affect what happens – or better yet, what doesn’t happen – later.

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Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico Provides Nationally Recognized Care to Community for 11th Year in Row

For the 11th year in a row, Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico has been acknowledged for providing nationally recognized rehabilitative care to its patients. The hospital was ranked in the Top 10% of inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide for providing care that is patient-centered, effective, efficient and timely.

“What this means to the community and region is that we’re providing the highest level of rehabilitative care available in the United States,” says Sabrina Martin, CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico. “Patients and their families don’t have to leave the area to receive the latest in clinical protocols – we’re providing it here in our own backyard.”

The hospital was ranked from among 781 inpatient rehabilitation facilities nationwide by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The UDSMR is a non-profit corporation that was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. UDSMR maintains the world’s largest database for medical rehabilitation outcomes.

“This national ranking speaks highly of the commitment and dedication of our employees and medical staff,” Martin says. “Our staff is passionate about helping patients return home at their highest possible levels of function and independence. For anyone who has ever had a family member or friend needing healthcare, that matters. We consider it a privilege to be able to provide this higher standard of care to our community.”

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico provides specialized rehabilitative services to patients who are recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This includes strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, along with illnesses such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

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Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Stroke Rehabilitation on February 14, 2013 after a rigorous on-site review by an expert evaluator. This certification validates the commitment to providing the highest standards of care to stroke survivors and recognizes dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-art standards.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public. The Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care.

Our team has worked very hard on developing and improving the delivery of our care for stroke survivors in our community since we first opened,” says Sabrina Martin, COO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico.The opportunity to participate in The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification Program allowed us to formalize and validate practices that ensure optimal outcomes for this population.

Certification requirements address three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards.
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care.
  • Organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Stroke continues to be highly prevalent in our community and is often a life changing event for the stroke survivor and their family,” Martin says. “We feel it is our obligation and privilege to work with both Mountain View Regional Medical Center, who recently became a Primary Stroke Center through The Joint Commission, and Memorial Medical Center to continue to improve services to stroke survivors in Southern New Mexico.”

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Proclamation by Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Proclamation by Mayor Ken Miyagishima

Whereas, stroke is the leading cause of adult long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of death in New Mexico, and

Whereas, more than 795,000 people will suffer a stroke this year alone, with estimates of the incidence increasing by 25% by the year 2030, affecting 4 million people, and

Whereas, direct medical costs for treating stroke are expected to increase by 238% to $95.6 billion by 2030, and

Whereas, new and effective treatments have been developed to treat and minimize the severity and damaging effect of strokes, but much more research is needed; and

Whereas, Americans are more aware of the risk factors and warning signs for stroke than in the past, but about one-third of adults still cannot identify any symptoms; and

Whereas, F.A.S.T warning signs and symptoms of stroke include Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911, along with sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with no known cause; and

Whereas, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, here in Las Cruces, has been certified as a Stroke Certified treatment facility by The Joint Commission, which signifies the hospital’s dedication to developing better results for stroke patients, and

Whereas, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico and the Advanced Care Hospital of Southern New Mexico will bring focus on prevention of stroke during the month of May,

Now, therefore, I Ken Miyagishima, Mayor of the City of Las Cruces do hereby proclaim May 2014 to be Stroke Awareness Month in Las Cruces, and urge all citizens of our city to familiarize themselves with the risk factors associated with stroke, recognize the warning signs and symptoms, and on first signs of a stroke dial 911 immediately so that we might begin to reduce the devastating effects of stroke on our population.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the City of Las Cruces, this 2nd day of May 2014.

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