Agnesian HealthCare awarded advanced certification for primary stroke centers

Shelly Haberman
Stroke accreditation

Agnesian HealthCare has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for advanced certification for primary stroke centers.

The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

Agnesian HealthCare’s Primary Stroke Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in mid-July at St. Agnes Hospital. The Joint Commission evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance management. 

“Agnesian HealthCare is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” says Katherine Vergos, St. Agnes Hospital chief operating and chief nursing officer. “In addition to our The Joint Commission accreditation, the 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.”

The seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Agnesian HealthCare 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.

“Agnesian HealthCare has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its advanced certification for primary stroke centers,” says Patrick Phelan, executive director, The Joint Commission hospital business development executive director. “We commend Agnesian HealthCare for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

Established in 2003, advanced certification for primary stroke centers is awarded for a two-year period to The Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers (Stroke 2011).”

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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