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Stories of thanks accompany stroke award for hospital

Wheat Ridge, Colo., group honors Lutheran Medical Center

Optimist club award resized

Optimist Club Co-President Jack Chism (right) present the award to Lindsay Reinert, Jessica Telesco, and Leon Stor.

The Wheat Ridge Optimist Club honored Lutheran’ Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke Team with its annual Community Service Award on September 25, which was also First Responders Appreciation Day.

Leon Stor, director of Neurosciences, and Jessica Telesco, stroke coordinator, were on hand to accept the award and share more about our Comprehensive Stroke Center.

After the presentation, several members of the Optimist Club shared heartfelt gratitude and stories of the care they and their loved ones have received at Lutheran over many years.

One gentleman described how his wife was admitted to Lutheran after a devastating stroke last year that she sadly did not survive. During the 10 days she spent in the hospital he and his family grew to appreciate the nurses in particular who cried with him, stayed past their shifts with him, and by the end it felt like they were truly friends and family.

Highlights of the stroke program shared by Stor and Telesco included:

  • Lutheran became a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2019 – a designation that is the highest and most robust stroke care available in America. Prior to this upgraded certification, Lutheran was a primary stroke center since 2007.
  • The biggest difference between being a primary stroke center and a comprehensive stroke center is that a comprehensive stroke center cares for all types of stroke patients.
  • Since 2019, Lutheran has had nearly 5,000 stroke alerts, and 377 intra-arterial thrombectomy stroke patients. The hospital has become a regional hub for stroke patients, receiving transfers from as far away as Delta and Grand Junction. Over 50 percent of our intra-arterial thrombectomy, as well as our hemorrhagic stroke patients, are transfers from other hospitals.
  • Last year Lutheran discharged 757 stroke patients and as of the midway point in 2023 was up 19 percent from last year.
  • Lutheran has a dedicated Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NCC) for stroke patients, with on-site neurosurgical availability 24/7 with the ability to perform complex neurovascular procedures.
  • As part of our commitment to neurosciences, the new Lutheran Medical Center, slated to open next summer, will have 16 neuro ICU rooms and 32 neuro and cardiac stepdown rooms.