Roane Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.
Roane Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review earlier this month to receive this certification. An expert from The Joint Commission reviewed the hospital’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“We are pleased to be certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Jason Pilant, chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center. “Due to the hard work and dedication of our staff, stroke care clinical team and our physician partners, this designation provides us with an opportunity to highlight and advance the exceptional stroke care we deliver, as well as advance our care even further for our patients and the communities we serve.”
As a member of Covenant Health, Roane Medical Center is part of the region’s only stroke hospital network. Covenant Health hospitals collaborate to provide rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke – for example, more than 80 percent of patients with stroke symptoms see an emergency physician within 15 minutes of arrival at Covenant Health hospitals, compared to a national average of 67 percent. Covenant Health’s stroke hospital network also provides fast access to advanced technology for treatment of complex strokes.
Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).
Stroke is the number four 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.