Category: Stroke

Methodist Health System Hospitals Earn ‘Top Performers’ Status


All Four Methodist Facilities Recognized by The Joint Commission

Four Methodist Health System hospitals have all been named among the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission (TJC) for achieving exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The commended clinical categories for each hospital are as follows:

  • Methodist Dallas Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke
  • Methodist Charlton Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke
  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke]
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care

To be recognized as one the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®, a hospital must achieve a performance grade of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which data is reported to TJC, an independent, not-for-profit organization whose accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide. Methodist

Dallas, Methodist Charlton, Methodist Mansfield, and Methodist Richardson met or exceeded the 95 percent performance target for each accountability measure for data in 2012.

“This recognition is an affirmation of the Methodist mission: To improve and save lives through compassionate quality health care,” says Pamela Stoyanoff, chief operating officer of Methodist Health System. “While we are certainly proud of this achievement, our greatest reward is the lives we save and restore though our quality care.”

The Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program is designed to be an incentive for achieving excellence on accountability measures and to support organizations in their performance improvement efforts. Methodist’s four hospitals are among 1,099 in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.

Methodist’s four recognized hospitals are listed on the TJC website and will be featured in its December issue of The Source.

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at To see why Methodist Health System is a brilliant choice for your career, join our talent community at and connect with us through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and our blog.


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Preparing Patients and Families for Life After a Stroke

strong>By Cathy Crawford, RN

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Nurses play a vital role in caring for and supporting stroke patients and their families. As patients prepare to return home after having a stroke, it is important to educate them about lifestyle changes they may need to make to reduce their risk for recurrent stroke, as well as help them be as independent as possible. The impact that a stroke has on patients and their families varies greatly, but proper preparation is the key to maintaining the patient’s optimum well-being.

Prevent a recurrent stroke. Nurses can help stroke patients build the best defense against experiencing another stroke by emphasizing compliance with recommended lifestyle changes. These changes may include:

  • Maintaining a heart-healthy, low-fat, low-sodium diet.
  • Managing hypertension by taking medication as prescribed and monitoring their blood pressure regularly.
  • Managing diabetes by eating a balanced diet and exercising to the patient’s level of ability. Exercise improves blood sugars and contributes to weight loss.
  • Stopping smoking by taking advantage of smoking cessation resources.

Watch for warning signs

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and seek treatment FAST. Even if a patient has had a stroke, warning signs of a recurrent stroke are often missed. Nurses can help patients and their families know how to think F.A.S.T.:

  • Face: Check the face for weakness. Can the patient smile?
  • Arms: Check the arms for weakness. Can the patient raise both arms?
  • Speech: Can the patient speak clearly?
  • Time: Act quickly. The window of opportunity for treatment of a stroke is small – patients or their caregivers must call 911 and get to the hospital within three hours of the onset of the stroke.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are designated Advanced Primary Stroke Centers by the American Stroke Association. For more information on careers at Methodist Health System to manage the full spectrum of care, from acute hospitalization through outpatient services through rehabilitation, please visit


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