LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2018) – Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, announced today that it has again 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.
“We are Lexington’s heart hospital, and this certification further demonstrates our commitment to providing exceptional stroke care,” said Bruce Tassin, market CEO for KentuckyOne Health and president of Saint Joseph Hospital. “I congratulate our nurses, physicians and entire stroke team on the achievement. They have established Saint Joseph Hospital as a regional leader when it comes to stroke.”
Saint Joseph Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review earlier this month. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Saint Joseph Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Joseph Hospital for remaining a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
“We congratulate Saint Joseph Hospital for again achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, Saint Joseph Hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the 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 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.