Saint Alphonsus earns prestigious designation

Posted at 3:09 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 23:38:00-04
When you suffer a stroke or traumatic injury, seconds can be the difference between life and death. Now a Boise hospital is being recognized for raising the standards of quality of care in Idaho. 
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center has become the first hospital in Idaho to be designated by the State of Idaho's Time Sensitive Emergency Council as a Level 2 Stroke Center. The TSE council is an organization selected by the Idaho Legislature to develop a statewide Time Sensitive Emergency system of care to address three of the top five causes of death in Idaho: trauma, stroke, and heart attack.
Hospital officials also say that they simultaneously received recertification as the region's only Level 2 Trauma Center.  The designations represent an evidence-based approach to highly organized systems of care in the event of a stroke or traumatic injury. 
“Saint Alphonsus has raised the bar, setting a standard of excellence in acute medical care that will not only save lives, but improve the quality of life for survivors,” says Dick Armstrong, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Idaho’s TSE council has created three designation levels for stroke centers, five levels for trauma centers and two levels for heart attack centers.