Nov 12, 2012 7:06 PM by Greg Boyce

Memorial gets stroke certification

Memorial Hospital has been awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification, a designation for hospitals that provide superior care for stroke patients.

Issued by the Joint Commission on Health Care Accreditation in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, this certification means Memorial's stroke program meets critical elements of performance in treating stroke patients.

"Patients should know that this is a seal of approval, a seal of quality,'' said Dr. Chris Williams, a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist who is medical director of neurology services at Memorial Hospital. "This certification means that we have demonstrated a commitment to highest quality care for people who have had a stroke.''

Memorial underwent a rigorous on-site review on November 2.

Tina Pate, a registered nurse and stroke coordinator for Memorial, said the certification signals that Memorial provides care that is current with the most recent scientific research.  "We've had some phenomenal outcomes for stroke patients, and I just hope to grow our stroke program so that we have even more phenomenal outcomes. We are heartened when we see how quality of care translates to quality of life for people,'' Pate said.




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