Memorial Medical Center Designated as Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission
Memorial Medical Center has earned certification as a primary stroke center from The Joint Commission. The certification recognizes Memorial for "exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care," according to The Joint Commission.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs and is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Primary stroke centers tailor treatment to individual needs, adhere to national stroke guidelines and continually assess and improve how care is delivered.
"Receiving the certification is an outstanding validation of the great work that is being done at Memorial to improve the health of the people and communities we serve," said Chuck Callahan, Memorial Health System's vice president of operations. "It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our nurses, rehabilitation therapists, partnering physicians and the entire medical center staff."
Memorial offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to stroke care with an integrated program that addresses the complete spectrum of care from prevention to rehabilitation, Teresa Reiser, Memorial Medical Center's director of rehabilitation, said.
That comprehensive care includes dedicated stroke response teams that provide a fast diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients who arrive in Memorial's emergency department to rehabilitation of stroke survivors. Memorial's rehabilitation facilities are among only four others worldwide to hold a fivefold accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, including accreditation for our stroke specialty program, Callahan said.
The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's guidelines for stroke care.
Hospitals applying for advanced certification must meet The Joint Commission's requirements for disease-specific care certification and additional clinically specific requirements and expectations. Certified primary stroke centers:
- Use a standardized method of delivering care based on the Brain Attack Coalition's recommendations for establishment of primary stroke centers.
- Support a patient's self-management activities.
- Tailor treatment and intervention to individual needs.
- Promote the flow of patient information across settings and providers while protecting patient rights, security and privacy.
- Analyze and use standardized performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans.
- Demonstrate their application of and compliance with the clinical practice guidelines published by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association or equivalent evidence-based guidelines.
Strokes occur when blood flow to a region of the brain is obstructed, either by blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain or by bleeding of ruptured blood vessels in the brain. Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.