St. Luke's Awarded Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center

St. Luke's Awarded Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized St. Luke's with Advanced Certification for its Primary Stroke Center. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization's dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. St. Luke's Primary Stroke Center Certification means its program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. St. Luke's underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 2014. A Joint Commission expert reviewed St. Luke'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.

"St. Luke's is thoroughly committed to providing patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment," said John Strange, St. Luke's CEO/President. "In addition to the The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for patients, and helps us improve care for the community."

St. Luke's 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. Luke's 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.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, St. Luke's has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients," says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. "Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends St. Luke's for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

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.

BELOW: John Strange, St. Luke's CEO/President

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