The Miriam Hospital has again earned the elite Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, a national honor awarded to the country's top stroke programs. The Miriam, which was the first hospital in Rhode Island to be certified a Primary Stroke Center, holds distinction as the only facility in the state to be certified three times.
The recertification comes after The Joint Commission's recent, unannounced on-site review, which The Miriam Hospital voluntarily pursued in order to continually enhance the safety and quality of stroke care. The surveyor had no recommendations for improvement and the hospital received high marks and praise for their consistent teamwork and adherence to evidence-based guidelines.
Earning this distinction for a third time demonstrates that we have the critical elements in place to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients, says William Corwin, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at The Miriam Hospital. We are able to offer the community the full range of stroke care and management, from emergency medical services and stroke diagnosis through rehabilitation.
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 statements/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.
The Miriam Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients, says Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.
This is The Miriam Hospital's second stroke honor in recent months. The American Stroke Association also awarded the hospital with its highest award for quality stroke care - the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in providing the highest standard of stroke care for patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
The Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital is home to Rhode Island's first acute stroke team - a team of board certified clinicians experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke who are available around-the-clock for stroke emergencies. This includes brain imaging scans, patient evaluations conducted by a staff neurologist and the use of clot-busting medications when appropriate. The Stroke Center also offers the latest minimally-invasive and advanced treatment capabilities, such as the Merci Retrieval System and the EKOS NeuroWave Catheter. More than 600 stroke patients are treated at The Miriam Hospital each year.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, on average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 second while someone dies of a stroke every three minutes. More than 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year and in 2007, 4 out of every 10,000 Rhode Islanders died from stroke.
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