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Trinity Hospital Designated as 1,000th Primary Stroke Center

by Pamela M. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association marked an important milestone, recognizing Trinity Health as the nation’s 1,000th Certified Primary Stroke Center. At a Minot news conference, officials from both organizations celebrated the achievement, congratulating Trinity Health and its stroke team for meeting the certification program’s stringent standards and performance guidelines.

Trinity released a statement this week quoting M.J. Hampel, Senior Associate Director with the Joint Commission: “This is definitely a milestone for The Joint Commission and American Heart Association to have reached 1,000 Primary Stroke Centers, but it’s also a milestone for Trinity.  You’ve taken a major step towards improving the lives of your patients by becoming certified as a Primary Stroke Center.”

The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association began its collaboration in 2002 and started certifying Primary Stroke Centers in 2003.   

Stroke programs applying for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations.  Primary Stroke Center certification requirements include:

  • Results of initial lab tests and diagnostic brain imaging within 45 minutes of order;
  • Capability to administer IV thrombolytic therapy within three hours of symptom onset;
  • A designated stroke unit;
  • A Primary Stroke Center medical director; and
  • At least one public educational activity on stroke per year. 

Trinity Health President/CEO John M. Kutch praised Trinity’s stroke team, saying, “This certification demonstrates Trinity’s commitment to provide the highest level of quality in stroke care.  It means that Trinity Health not only follows but delivers in accordance with best practice guidelines.”

Trinity joined the growing list of stroke centers following an on-site review in November by a Joint Commission reviewer with expertise in stroke care.

We thank Mary Muhlbradt, YTC Advocate, for providing the information on this outstanding achievement. 

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