HCA Midwest Health—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider and one of the region’s leaders in stroke care—announces that Lafayette Regional Health Center joins four other HCA Midwest Health Network hospitals with the Missouri Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) Designation.  Lafayette Regional Center has been named a Level III Center Designation, which means the hospital plays a vital role in providing access into the TCD System and important patient care in non-metropolitan areas, and generally refers to a higher-level center for definitive care. 

Minutes matter for stroke victims requiring critical treatment within a specific time frame—from the moment their symptoms begin—to increase the likelihood of recovery and decrease the possibility of permanent disability. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, currently, only a small percentage of stroke patients in Missouri get help within the recommended amount of time, oftentimes because they don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke. Missouri’s statewide emergency medical care response system is designed to help provide a quicker response and higher quality care when a time-critical emergency occurs. The TCD System brings together the 9-1-1-response system, ambulance services, and hospitals in a more integrated and coordinated approach. The goal is to help a greater number of people get to the care they need in order to enhance survival rates and increase a patient’s chance of recovering from trauma, stroke and heart attack.

“Lafayette Regional Health Center is proud to receive this TCD Level III Designation and be part of HCA Midwest Health’s Stroke Teams, which means we deliver world-class technology and neurological resources right at the patient’s bedside within minutes to save lives and preserve brain function,” says Darrel Box, Lafayette Regional Health Center Chief Executive Officer. “With an entire stroke network at our fingertips, patients can trust Lafayette Regional Health Center and HCA Midwest Health for quality, coordinated life-saving stroke care.”

The TCD System implements four levels of hospital designation across the state, reflecting a range of hospital-based functions within the emergency medical care system. Each hospital plays a vital part in the TCD system, providing timely, definitive care for the best outcomes for survival and recovery. In addition to Lafayette Regional Health Center, the other HCA Midwest Health hospitals with the TCD Designation are: Research Medical Center Level I Center Designation; Centerpoint Medical Center and Lee’s Summit Medical Center Level II Center Designations; and Belton Regional Medical Center Level III Center Designation.

For more information on Lafayette Regional Health Center, visit lafayetteregionalhealthcenter.com.