The certification recognizes centers that have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Floyd underwent a rigorous on-site review earlier this month with an expert from The Joint Commission.
Primary Stroke Centers access resources from across the hospital and act as a central point for stroke treatment, according to the Brain Attack Coalition, a group representing medical, scientific, nonprofit and government leaders in the field of stroke. As a result more stroke patients are diagnosed more rapidly, receive better treatment more quickly, experience fewer complications and go home from the hospital earlier.
“The reviewer was complimentary of several of the processes we have in place and stated that our staff is eager to talk about the stroke program and are very knowledgeable about core measures,” said Winnie Cullins, Accreditation/Compliance Coordinator. “She was also impressed with the community outreach activities the stroke team has participated in during the past year.”
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious long term disability in adults. There are more than 795,000 new or recurring strokes each year.
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