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Scott & White Memorial Hospital, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

“As a certified stroke center in Central Texas, we are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award helps us achieve that goal,” said Jeffrey Clark, DO, medical director for Scott & White Stroke Center.  “This award highlights the efforts of our physicians, nurses, and staff who demonstrate their commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Scott & White Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Scott & White Memorial Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

“We are pleased to recognize Scott & White Memorial Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Scott & White Memorial Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Baylor Scott & White Health

Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $8.6 billion* and serving a geographic area larger than the state of Maine, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 36,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2014 financial statements

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines® has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

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MARBLE FALLS, Texas – (April 16, 2014) – Betsy Patterson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been selected to serve as chief nursing officer for Scott & White Healthcare – Hill Country Region, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, effective May 1.  Patterson came to Scott & White from the former Johns Community Hospital in Taylor, now Scott & White Hospital – Taylor, where she currently serves as chief nursing officer.  Patterson brings over 25 years of progressive nursing and leadership experience to her new role in the Hill Country.

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 Alfred Knight, MD, named as interim CEO

TEMPLE, Texas (April 14, 2014) – Nancy Birdwell, who has led the philanthropic and development efforts at Scott & White Healthcare for the past 12 years, will retire June 1, 2014.  Birdwell, who serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, has been instrumental in increasing annual contributions to the Foundation fifteen fold and in doubling its endowment.

“Nancy has brought tremendous success to the Foundation by elevating all aspects of our philanthropic efforts, from annual giving to foundation and corporate relationships, from stewardship to donor recognition,” said Robert Pryor, M.D., President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health.  “She has been an inspiring example of commitment, generosity and integrity.”

Beginning as a single office, Scott & White’s fundraising program under Birdwell’s leadership expanded into an independent foundation supporting 13 Scott & White campuses, funding hundreds of health care related projects.

“I saw her efforts bloom into the reality of significant building projects, the most sophisticated patient care and research and education expansions,” said Alfred Knight, M.D., president of the Scott & White Healthcare Foundation. “Her work will allow this institution to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing health care environment.”

Besides her accomplishments within Scott & White, Birdwell’s contributions to her community include leadership roles in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Birdwell is an honoree of the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, was named 2012 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and received the 2012 Gerry Gunnin Professional Achievement Award from the Association of HealthCare Philanthropy Rockies and Southwest Regions.

“Nancy has brought the importance of philanthropic initiatives to the forefront throughout our organization,” said Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. “She will be greatly missed.”

Birdwell plans to spend more time with her children and grandchildren, more actively manage her two ranches in west Texas and take some time off.  She will join the Foundation board and continue to assist Baylor Scott & White Health in its philanthropic endeavors.

Dr. Knight will act as interim CEO of the Foundation while a national search for a successor to Birdwell is conducted.

 

About Baylor Scott & White Health  BaylorScottandWhite.com

Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is today the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $8.6 billion* and serving a geographic area larger than the state of Maine, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 46 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 36,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2014 financial statements

 

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Innovative tool helps with diagnosis/tracking in both children and adults

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood condition characterized by more than normal difficulty with focus, behavior control, impulsivity and hyperactivity. It affects nine percent of children younger than 18 and about approximately four percent of American adults, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with the condition as girls but after adolescence, males and females are diagnosed in equal numbers. Some kids grow out of it, and some never do.

Arti Lal, MD, a pediatrician who specializes in treating patients at the ADHD Clinic at Scott & White in North Austin, is currently utilizing a new technology on patients which is called the Quotient® ADHD Test.  It is FDA-cleared for the objective measurement of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention, as an aid in the assessment of ADHD. The test measures motion and analyzes shifts in attention state to give an assessment of the core symptom areas of ADHD:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
  • Inattention

“Since ADHD shares traits with other mental health conditions, it can be difficult to diagnose. So, a thorough assessment by a trained professional is critical. The test is a more objective test than previous methods of diagnosis and will serve as an additional tool for us as clinicians,” Dr. Lal said. “Testing can be done from age six to 55 years.”

The test can also be used to quantify severity of deficits in brain function associated with controlling motion and sustaining attention. The results are objective and allow the patient, parent and physician to see the progress when treatment is working and help to guide decisions about how to optimize the treatment plan for each individual.

Bradley R. Berg, MD, PhD, Medical Director at Scott & White Clinic – Round Rock Pediatrics says treatment for ADHD varies with age. For very young children, he explained that “After age six, medications in combination with therapy generally work best.”

The test takes 15 minutes for children aged six to 12 or 20 minutes for adolescents and adults. The clinician can present a treatment plan to the patient/parent. Dr. Lal added that “”the test also has a 94% negative predictive value, which means it can say with 94% certainty that you do not have ADHD, which is a very powerful statistic.”

Berg added “we’re also able to see patients from other pediatric or family medicine, neurology, psychiatry offices in and around the Central Texas area to help the primary care physician with a diagnosis.”

The Scott & White Cedar Park West Clinic is located in North Austin at 12129 FM 620 in Austin, TX or by calling 512-336-3400. Patients will need a referral from their primary care physician and prior authorization from their insurance carrier for the test. The test is covered by most major insurance plans.

For journalists: video and animation can be found at: http://www.quotient-adhd.com/products. B-roll will be available after April 1.

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.For More Information visit:www.BaylorScottandWhite.com

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements

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1:00 pm CST UPDATE: April 7, 2014:  We currently have three patients who continue to receive care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. All three patients are listed in fair condition and are continuing to improve. All three are expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days. Unless warranted, there will not be any additional updates on patients until tomorrow. Please follow us on Twitter: @swhealthcare

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3:00 PM UPDATE / Final update until Monday, April 7, 2014:

We currently have three patients who continue to receive care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.  All three patients are currently listed in fair condition and are expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days. Six patients have been discharged from the hospital.

There will not be any additional updates until Monday.

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April 4, 2014 10 am update on Fort Hood shooting victims

We currently have four patients who continue to receive care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital. One patient is in good condition and will most likely be discharged today. The three patients previously listed in critical condition have been upgraded to fair condition and are expected to remain in the hospital for the next several days. Five patients have been discharged from the hospital.

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7:00PM UPDATE There is a slight correction to the information that was sent out in the 5:45PM CST update. Five patients have been discharged. Due to some late testing, one patient listed in good condition will stay until tomorrow.

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3:30 pm update on Fort Hood shooting victims

We currently have five patients who continue to receive care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital. The three patients previously in critical condition have been upgraded to serious condition. Two patients remain in good condition and potentially discharged today.  Four patients have been discharged from the hospital.

At the request of the United States Military, we will not facilitate interviews with patients or family members at this time.

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10:45 am update on Fort Hood shooting victims

We currently have nine patients who continue to receive care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital. Eight males and one female suffered a variety of injuries to the neck, chest, abdomen and other extremities. Three patients are listed in critical condition, two are in fair condition, and four are in good condition.

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