The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is receiving national recognition for its leadership in stroke care.
The Huron Perth District Stroke Centre at the Stratford General Hospital has been accredited with ‘Distinction in Stroke Services’ for 2022 to 2026 by Acceditation Canada’s Stroke Distinction Program.
An accreditation surveyor reviewed and evaluated the centre’s programs and services during a two-day visit in November.
Conservations were held with staff, physicians, patient and caregiver partners, patients and families, as well as with focus groups representing leadership, frontline staff, patients and families, and community partners.
Information was gathered on topics such as how the program plans, monitors, manages and resources stroke services, as well as how the organization collaborates with other community services partners to support patients and families.
The Huron Perth District Stroke Program was one of nine stroke centres in the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network that collectively applied for the distinction award.
“Preparing for and navigating through our on-site survey has been a very rewarding experience,” says Joanna Smorhay, Manager District Stroke & Dialysis Programs. “Preparation for Stroke Distinction assessment has been a driving force for quality improvement initiatives and has emphasized the dedication of a diverse group of individuals who all contribute to the common goal of providing exceptional stroke care for the residents of Huron and Perth counties.”
In 2021-22, the emergency departments across Huron and Perth provided care for 360 individuals diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke. HPHA’s Huron Perth District Stroke Centre had 448 patient visits to its Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinic, admitted 281 patients with stroke or TIA to the acute stroke unit with 89 of those patients requiring inpatient rehabilitation.