Hospital Receives Acute Stroke Ready Certification

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Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) and Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital have earned Joint Commission Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification.

Both hospitals were the subject of rigorous investigations earlier this year. During the investigation, a team of Joint Commission examiners assessed compliance with related certification standards, including the care of a stroke patient arriving at the hospital, through to the transfer of the patient at the appropriate level of care. As part of the certification, data is collected to provide evidence-based care to our patients who have had a stroke. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

“The Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to driving continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN. . “We commend Ephraim McDowell for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate Ephraim McDowell on this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, executive director of the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects his commitment to providing the highest quality care to stroke patients.”

“Our associates and physicians have worked hard to achieve this certification and we are very proud of them. Achieving this certification means our patients receive excellent stroke care in our hospitals,” said Dan McKay, President and CEO of Ephraim McDowell Health.

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