July 06, 2018
The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Oak Hill Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Oak Hill Hospital’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
“Oak Hill Hospital is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care. Our professionals work as a team to return the patient to maximum functioning and minimal disability. All Registered Nurses are trained in the American Heart Association Stroke Standards of Care,” said Mickey Smith, Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to our Joint Commission accreditation, the Advanced 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.”
Since 2010 Oak Hill Hospital has been 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 Oak Hill Hospital 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. Oak Hill Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review earlier this year. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Oak Hill Hospital’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.
"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Oak Hill Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Oak Hill Hospital 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.