(Henderson, Nev., October 10, 2012) – The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Rose de Lima Campus with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. With this new Primary Stroke Center certification, all three St. Rose Dominican Hospitals are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission. The Siena Campus earned its certification in September 2010 while the San Martín Campus in southwest Las Vegas earned its certification one year ago.
Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. The Rose de Lima Campus’ Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.
The Rose de Lima Campus underwent a rigorous on-site review in September where a Joint Commission expert reviewed its compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.
"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, the Rose de Lima Campus 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 The Joint Commission commends St. Rose for successfully undertaking this challenge at all three of its hospitals to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.
“St. Rose Dominican Hospitals is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Rod Davis, president and CEO of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “In addition to The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Rose de Lima Campus will now 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 St. Rose is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care” and will help patients easily identify this hospital as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.
For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.