Local Hospital Highlighted at Canadian Stroke Congress

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For Immediate Release – Monday, October 2, 2017

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RE:   Local Hospital Highlighted at Canadian Stroke Congress

Smiths Falls, ON – Members of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital family attended the Canadian Stroke Congress held in Calgary, AB from September 9-11, 2017.  Michele Bellows, Vice President, Patient Care Services/CNE and Crystal Newman showcased the recent results for the 2016 collaborative initiative with Brockville General Hospital and two other PSFDH initiatives were highlighted.

The event is co-hosted by the Canadian Stroke Consortium and the Heart and Stroke Foundation and it is a uniquely Canadian forum for experts to share the latest research findings, exchange ideas, and make the connections which will change the future of stroke. It brings together researchers, neurologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, policy makers, health system decision makers – and many others – in an unprecedented opportunity to improve the brain health of Canadians. 

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital was fortunate to have three posters accepted for conference.  The first poster spoke to the successes of the Acute Stroke Unit which is a collaborative between Brockville General Hospital and PSFDH which has demonstrated a significant decrease in mortality.

The second poster demonstrated the success of the case finding in the Emergency Department that has decreased the number of missed patients in the Emergency Department who had met the criteria for referral to the Vascular Protection Clinic.

The third posted reflected the significant increase in referrals (up 210% in 2.5 years) with the reduction in wait times during this timeframe.

Crystal Newman, RN and Michele Bellows, VP, Patient Care Services/CNE

The creation of an integrated stroke strategy was in recognition that stroke patients are more likely to survive and return to their community when acute care is clustered in an identified acute stroke unit which was identified at Brockville General Hospital.  The acute care service transferred from PSFDH to Brockville General Hospital in May 1, 2016.  While a stroke patient may receive the acute care service in Brockville, patients will continue to receive follow-up care and rehabilitation in their own communities.


About PSFDH:

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (the “Hospital”) is a fully accredited acute care health care organization located on two state-of-the-art sites.  The hospital is situated in the heart of the Rideau Canal region and proudly provides health services to more than 44,000 people in the surrounding communities.  The hospital delivers a broad range of primary and secondary services and programs such as emergency care, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, general and specialty surgical services, dialysis as well as laboratory and infection control services.

For more information contact:

Beverley McFarlane, RN, BScN, Ma

President & CEO

Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital


613-283-2330 ext:1110




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