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Ryan Burton, DO, and Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Emergency Department Team Set New Standard in Stroke Care

Ryan Burton, DO, and Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Emergency Department Team Set New Standard in Stroke Care

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to recognize Ryan Burton, DO, and the Emergency Department team for providing exemplary stroke care to a patient at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Recently, Dr. Burton and team achieved a remarkable 21-minute “door to needle” time in administering thrombolytic treatment, delivering a critical intervention, and setting a new paradigm in stroke care. On Friday, August 11th, Dr. Burton and the Emergency Department team were presented with the GOAT (greatest of all time) Award, and celebrated with cupcakes and a small ceremony to honor the achievement.

“The significance of the achievement cannot be overstated,” said Nina Campbell, MSN, RN, Stroke and Sepsis Coordinator, Mount Nittany Health. “Stroke is a time-sensitive medical emergency where every minute matters. Time is of the essence in preserving brain function and ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients. Research and clinical experience consistently highlight the pivotal role of early intervention, and Dr. Burton and his team’s impressive ‘door to needle’ time underscores our organization’s dedication to upholding this important principle.”

Administering thrombolytic treatment within such a short timeframe can significantly mitigate the long-term effects of a stroke, helping patients regain their quality of life and reducing the risk of permanent disability.

“Dr. Burton and the remarkable Emergency Department team have contributed to a new standard of excellence in stroke care,” said Jeffrey Elias, DO, FACEP, Emergency Medicine, Mount Nittany Medical Center. “Their 21-minute ‘door to needle’ is a testament to their unwavering dedication to providing exceptional patient care. In the realm of stroke care, where seconds can determine outcomes, this achievement showcases that with skill, collaboration, and swiftness, we can contribute to better outcomes for our patients and community.”

By achieving a 21-minute “door to needle” time, Dr. Burton and the Emergency Department team have demonstrated their proficiency in diagnosing stroke symptoms, initiating appropriate protocols, and ensuring timely treatment delivery.

Thank you to Dr. Burton and the following members of the response team for this extraordinary achievement, and for all you do for our patients and for contributing to our mission of “Healthier people, stronger community.”

  • Jacob Alexander, MD
  • Naomi Knapp
  • Morgan Lidwell, RN
  • Shawn Johnson
  • Jamie Silvis
  • Robert Specht
  • Alan Patterson, RN
  • Devon Tarner, RN
  • Kate Yarnell, RN
  • Hayden Hayward, PharmD