There is peace of mind in living in a community where the best care is so close to home, especially when time is so critical. That’s why the team at Saint Joseph Hospital is particularly proud to of its Heathgrades designation as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Stroke Care in 2017.
The award puts Saint Joseph Hospital among the top 5 percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for treatment of stroke and is Kentucky’s only hospital to be recognized as in the top 100.
The American Heart Association also noted the excellence in stroke care at Saint Joseph Hospital with its Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
Of course KentuckyOne Health provides the full spectrum of cardiovascular care, whether treatment is needed for a common or complex problem.
But while our team has the expertise, it’s important for everyone to understand how to save lives. When it comes to stroke recognizing the symptoms FAST is critical.
It has been a busy and exciting last 12 months for Jewish Hospital Heart and Vascular Care. New accreditations, awards, milestones and performing innovative procedures continue to support Jewish Hospital’s legacy as a leader in heart care.
In November 2016, Jewish Hospital became the first hospital in Kentucky to receive full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) and Resuscitation accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. At the time of receipt, Jewish Hospital was one of 42 accredited facilities in the country providing high-level heart attack and heart failure care.
Last fall, Jewish Hospital began offering a new stroke prevention procedure called WATCHMAN, an alternative to long-term blood thinners for some people with atrial fibrillation. It is a minimally invasive procedure that allows many patients to return home the day after.
Jewish Hospital has surpassed one important heart milestone already in 2017, with another expected to occur later in the year. The Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Team performed its 500th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in July, and the Advanced Heart Failure Team anticipates completing its 500th heart transplant later this year. U.S. News and World Report recognized Jewish Hospital and Saint Joseph London as a high performing hospital in the treatment of heart failure. This recognition was based on patient survival rate, nurse staffing, volume and other data.
KentuckyOne Cancer Care Addresses KY’s #1 Cancer
Kentucky has a problem with lung cancer, unfortunately leading the nation the number of cases. That’s why KentuckyOne Cancer Care has ramped up access points for early detection using low-dose CT scanning equipment.
Across the state, KentuckyOne Health has 20 Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Centers of Excellence, more than any other health care provider.
Low-dose CT is an important tool in early detection, as well as in reducing deaths from lung cancer. While a chest X-ray may have served as the previous method for detection, this new technology employs a low-dose of radiation to make a series of very detailed pictures of the lungs, scanning the body in a spiral path, giving doctors an incredible amount of detail and allowing them to see even the smallest cancer growth.
“Evidence shows that people who receive a screening have a lower chance of dying from lung cancer,” said Mahmoud Moammar, MD, KentuckyOne Health Pulmonology Associates. “Lung cancer screening is similar to a mammogram to detect breast cancer or having a colon cancer screening to prevent colon cancer. Early detection is a proven strategy for fighting lung cancer, and this tool is helping save lives.”
According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the five-year survival rates for lung cancer are 16.6 percent, due in part to the fact that most patients have advanced stage lung cancer at initial diagnosis. Data shows that using low-dose CT is four times more likely to pick up a mass than a traditional chest X-ray, allowing for earlier detection and a better chance at survival.
In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
Low-dose CT is recommended for adults ages 55 to 74 years old who currently smoke, have a 30 pack-year smoking history or who have quit the habit within the last 15 years. Pack-years are calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person smoked.
Quitting smoking will always be the most important thing smokers can do for their health, this new technology is an additional tool being used to help the detect lung cancer early and save lives.
To schedule a screening at one of our many locations across the state call 1-844-220-7685.
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