FLINT — After undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, McLaren Regional Medical Center was recently awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, McLaren has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which 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 longterm disability in the U.S., with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
“Studies clearly show that patients treated at certified stroke centers have better outcomes,” noted Sunita Tummala, M.D., Medical Director, McLaren Stroke Program. “They live longer and with fewer disabilities. It’s as simple as that.”
Dr. Tummala said a lot of teamwork went into achieving the designation as a Joint Commissioncertified Primary Stroke Center.
“Becoming a Primary Stroke Center assures that McLaren Regional Medical Center is providing the appropriate care and access for patients suspected of suffering acute strokes,” she said. “We are able to provide immediate assessment, evaluation and unprecedented access to early intervention as well as comprehensive care for more complex cases.”
Dr. Tummala said interventions may be with iv thrombolytic therapy such as ivTPA or with intraarterial or endovascular management. Patients are subsequently managed on a designated stroke floor where appropriate institutional protocols have been established for the most efficient patient care.
“We are proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission and to be recognized for our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and the community,” noted Don C. Kooy, President/CEO of McLaren. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to continually evaluate and enhance the care we provide and also to maintain our culture of excellence.” — G.G.