Stroke is fifth leading cause of death in U.S.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 11, 2016) — Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for advanced primary stroke center certification.
Saint Joseph Hospital was recognized after The Joint Commission experts evaluated the center’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“We are honored to be recognized for our excellence in stroke care,” said David Blake, MD, stroke medical director and neurologist at Saint Joseph Hospital. “With this certification, we are able to highlight that we make acute stroke care a priority and we provide faster care with aggressive treatment options aimed at better recovery and better outcomes for our patients. Recognition such as this demonstrates our commitment to the best standard of care to treat stroke patients, enabling improved outcomes and improved return to work.”
Stroke is the number five 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.
Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.
Neurology and neurosurgical care at Saint Joseph Hospital is provided by more than 30 neurologists, epileptologists, neuro-interventionalists, neurosurgeons, radiologists and emergency physicians. Both outpatient and inpatient care is provided with particular expertise in stroke care, epilepsy care, multiple sclerosis treatment, Parkinson’s Disease management and all aspects of neurosurgical treatment of brain and spine disease.