Published on June 16, 2014

Joint Commission Awards St. Mary’s Medical Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized St. Mary’s Medical Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients.

St. Mary’s Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in April of 2014. A Joint Commission expert reviewed St. Mary’s Medical Center’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, St. Mary’s Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends St. Mary’s Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

“St. Mary’s Medical Center is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care,” said Keith Jewell, President. “In addition, The Joint Commission accreditation for Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”

St. Mary’s Medical Center will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that St. Mary’s Medical Center is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.

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