Saint Joseph Hospital awarded advanced primary stroke center certification

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Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ) – Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification.

Saint Joseph Hospital was recognized after The Joint Commission experts evaluated the center’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

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“We are honored to be recognized for our excellence in stroke care,” said David Blake, MD, stroke medical director and neurologist at Saint Joseph Hospital. “With this certification, we are able to highlight that we make acute stroke care a priority and we provide faster care with aggressive treatment options aimed at better recovery and better outcomes for our patients. Recognition such as this demonstrates our commitment to the best standard of care to treat stroke patients, enabling improved outcomes and improved return to work.”

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“Saint Joseph Hospital has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to the care of stroke patients by achieving Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi Roberts, RN, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Joseph Hospital for being a leader in the identification, intervention and treatment of stroke care for patients. Certified primary stroke centers consistently set a higher standard of care for stroke patients in their communities.”

“We congratulate Saint Joseph Hospital for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Saint Joseph Hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”