Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Easton Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Stroke Care

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Easton Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization,  accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Easton Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in early November.  A Joint Commission expert reviewed Easton Hospital’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, the hospital said in a media release.

"Easton Hospital is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment," said Easton Hospital neurologist Prasad Ancha in the news release.  "In addition to The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification gives us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients and help us improve care for our community."

"The nursing staff during the accreditation process was incredibly engaged," said Karen Vadyak, chief nursing officer.  "This recognition only confirms the care and compassion nurses will provide during a difficult time for stroke patients and families."

For a portion of the program, Easton Hospital partnered with the tele-neurology team at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Easton Hospital will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Easton Hospital is providing the "next generation of stroke or heart failure care" and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke, the hospital added.

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