Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from
The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for
Primary Stroke Centers. KDMC earned this distinction after a recent Joint
Commission on-site review.
"King’s Daughters demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards
and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,"
said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific
Care Certification, The Joint Commission. Range said King’s Daughters has
earned the Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke
Centers. This certification recognizes facilities that make exceptional efforts
to foster better outcomes for stroke care.
"We’re very proud to achieve the
Certificate of Distinction as an advanced primary stroke center," said Fred
Jackson, KDMC president and CEO."Our
program received the Joint Commission disease specific certification without a
single requirement or recommendation for improvement, which means we not only
met, but exceeded, national standards. In fact, the Joint Commission reviewer
indicated that several aspects of our stroke program may be incorporated as a
best practice model."
"Putting all the elements in place to
achieve this distinction was truly a team effort," said Amy Sieweke, director of the KDMC
NeuroMedicine program. She said for the past
year King’s Daughters has focused on developing a comprehensive system for
rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency
Department, as well as those who may suffer a stroke while in the hospital.
The King’s Daughters stroke program includes the
participation of teams from numerous departments including: the Emergency
Department, Laboratory, Radiology, Surgery, the ICU, nursing and
Rehabilitation. Physicians representing the specialties of neurology,
neurosurgery, emergency medicine, hospitalists/primary care, physical medicine
and rehabilitation and psychologists all are involved in the care of stroke
patients. Neurologist Joseph Bajorek, M.D., is medical director of the King’s
Daughters Stroke Program.
On-site certification reviews are conducted by Joint Commission
inspectors with expertise in stroke care. The certification decision is based
on the evaluation of standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance
measurement activities. Primary stroke centers that successfully demonstrate
compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a one-year period.
At the end of the first year, the hospital is required to attest to its
continued compliance with standards and evidence of performance measurement and
improvement activities. To maintain certification, the cycle repeats with an
on-site review conducted every two years and a bi-annual submission of an
acceptable assessment of compliance by the hospital.
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the
recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke
Association’s guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the
program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by the Joint
Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.
As part of its focus on stroke care, in March 2010 the King’s Daughters
stroke program also received the American
Stroke Association’s Get With The
(GWTG–Stroke) Bronze Performance Achievement Award. KDMC consistently followed the
treatment guidelines in the GWTG–Stroke program for 90 days, and continually strives to reach the 85 percent
or better compliance level needed to sustain the award.
Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the
nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke
ever 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a
leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about
4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
About the Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission
seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the
public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services
that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint
Commission evaluates and accredits more then 15,000 health care organizations
and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home
care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that
provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and
ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans,
integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the
Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary
stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent,
not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and
largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about
the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
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