St. Bernards Medical Center has become one of only four medical centers in the state of Arkansas to earn certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. It is the only advanced primary stroke center in this region of the state.
The achievement recognizes the stroke program at St. Bernards as one that demonstrates it can significantly improve outcomes for patients.
The stroke program is certified by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare, through a program that was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association.
The local certification is important because hospitals so designated have programs of care in place to get patients to the hospital quickly, to perform thorough evaluations by specially trained physicians and to deliver appropriate treatment quickly after onset of stroke symptoms.
“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, St. Bernards Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for stroke patients,” says Jean Range, executive director for disease-specific care certification with The Joint Commission.
“St. Bernards is pleased to have earned this advanced certification for primary stroke centers,” says Administrator Michael K. Givens. “We feel it speaks to our continuing commitment to provide our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research as well as our commitment to improving all aspects healthcare in this region.”
St. Bernards can display The Joint Commission “gold seal of approval” and the American Heart Association “heart check mark” for advanced certification for primary stroke centers, symbols that help patients identify St. Bernards as a medical center that has surpassed numerous standards in the treatment of strokes.
Primary stroke centers undergo rigorous onsite surveys to ensure they meet all standards of The Joint Commission in addition to primary stroke center requirements developed in conjunction with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,000 hospitals, and it certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs.
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.
St. Bernards has served as the trusted provider of comprehensive healthcare for residents throughout Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri for more than a century.