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Community Hospital Anderson receives Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission
- Category: Health and Lifestyles
- Published on Monday, 13 August 2012 15:08
Anderson, Ind. – The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Community Hospital Anderson with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Primary Stroke Center Certification demonstrates that Community’s stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
The certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. Community underwent a voluntary rigorous on-site review by 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, Community Hospital Anderson 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 Community Hospital Anderson for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Community Anderson’s Stroke team is led by stroke program coordinator Lisa Hayes, R.N. and Larry Blankenship, M.D., medical director for the stroke program. This team is comprised of multi-disciplinary clinical team members from throughout the hospital that care for the stroke patient along the path of recovery. It meets regularly to review, discuss and evaluate patient safety and quality goals, education and training, new policies and protocols to achieve The Joint Commission Accreditation as a Primary Stroke Center.
“This certification from The Joint Commission demonstrates Community Hospital Anderson’s commitment to providing our region with evidence based, multidisciplinary stroke care with a focus on education, prevention, and prompt treatment to enhance the quality of life for our patients,” said Hayes. “The Advance Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes not only our attainment of prescribed thresholds, but our relentless effort to provide high quality stroke care.”
Community Hospital Anderson is accredited 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 Community Hospital Anderson 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.