Lakeview Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Primary Stroke Center, the first and only of its kind on the Northshore, by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Lakeview Regional Medical Center ’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. In addition to this certification, Lakeview Regional Medical Center has also received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

“We are committed to provide excellent care and serve our community by treating and preventing strokes,” stated Ramy El Khoury, MD, Stroke Medical Director at Lakeview Regional Medical Center Stroke Program. “Please help us fight stroke by recognizing stroke symptoms early (symptoms can include weakness, problems with vision, dizziness, facial asymmetry, speech difficulty) and by getting urgent medical attention immediately.” The physicians at Lakeview Regional follow a highly specific, formal protocol that gives stroke patients priority access when seconds count, greatly reducing the potential damage to brain cells. “With Joint Commission certification and an American Heart/Stroke Association award, we have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to our patients,” says Bret Kolman, Lakeview Regional Chief Executive Officer. “Achieving this certification and award for our Primary Stroke Center is a major step toward maintaining excellence as the foremost hospital for neurological care on the Northshore.”

Lakeview Regional’s Primary Stroke Center underwent a rigorous on-site review earlier this year. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the facility for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. To qualify for the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program award Lakeview Regional Medical Center had to meet specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Lakeview Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Lakeview Regional for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

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