PVMC is pleased to announce that it is in the preliminary stages of applying for The Joint Commission’s (TJC) Primary Stroke Center Certification. This certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. There are currently more than 800 certified primary stroke centers in 49 states and certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.
“Our commitment to excellence in the care and treatment of acute stroke is another step in our expansion of evidence-based medicine, supporting technologies, systems, and staff expertise,” elates Kurt Gensert, vice president of Nursing. “We know that access to this kind of local, community-based specialty care is vital to Brighton and the surrounding region’s health and well being.”
PVMC Neurologist Dr. Rai Kakkar will lead the program as Stroke Director. He brings many years of experience in leading complex stroke care systems. His knowledge and experience pairs nicely with the operational support offered through other members of the stroke team, which includes Curtis May, PVMC’s Stroke Coordinator for the program.
Certified primary stroke centers:
- Use a standardized method of delivering care based on the Brain Attack Coalition recommendations for establishment of primary stroke centers.
- Support a patient’s self-management activities.
- Tailor treatment and intervention to individual needs.
- Promote the flow of patient information across settings and providers, while protecting patient rights, security and privacy.
- Analyze and use standardized performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans.
- Demonstrate their application of and compliance with the clinical practice guidelines published by the AHA/ASA or equivalent evidence-based guidelines.
Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in theUnited States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.