Hurley awarded advanced certification from stroke centers

FLINT — The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Hurley Medical Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients.

Hurley Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve longterm success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Hurley Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in July, 2012. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Hurley Medical Center’s 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.

“Hurley Medical Center is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Melany Gavulic, RN, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hurley Medical Center.

“In addition to our The Joint Commission hospital accreditation, the Advanced 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,” adds Beckie Hoppe, RN, MSN.

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. — G.G.

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