November 2014 Edition - Health Matters

Health Matters The latest news on the health and wellness issues that matter most • November 2014

NCH AWARDED Advanced Certification For Primary Stroke Centers

The NCH Healthcare System is the first hospital system in Collier and Lee counties to receive an Ad- vanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organi- zation’s dedication to fostering better out-

such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities. “In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, NCH 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 NCH 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. “NCH’s mission is to help everyone live longer, happier, healthier lives. We are thoroughly committed to providing the highest quality stroke care based on the latest scientific research to ensure continued improvement in

comes for patients. NCH’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has dem- onstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. NCH underwent a rigorous on-site review in March 2014. A Joint Commission expert reviewed NCH’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements,

treatment,” said Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “In addition to our Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional care we provide to hundreds of stroke patients every year.”

NCH 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 andHeart-Checkmark

signifies that NCH is providing the “next generation of stroke 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 informationon The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Prima- ry Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcom- mission.org/ or www. heart.org/myhospital.

For more information on the NCH Stroke services call Robin McCarl-Galbavy, Director of the NCH Stroke Program at (239) 624-4605.

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