The Joint Commission (JC), a respected international accreditation agency for healthcare organizations, in conjunction with the American Heart and Stroke Associations, has granted Advanced Certification to the Hutch Regional Primary Stroke Center. The designation is for two years and is recertification for a similar award granted in 2016.
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System (HRHS), said certifications are difficult to attain and are the result of hard work by a dedicated staff who underwent a rigorous onsite Recertification this past October. JC reviewers evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement. Approximately 450 patients with stroke symptoms sought treatment in the Hutch Regional Emergency Department during 2018. The American Heart and Stroke Associations list stroke as a leading cause of death and disability in the nation.
Patrick Phelan, Executive Director for the Joint Commission, had words of praise for the Hutchinson Regional Primary Stroke Center. “Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” Phelan said. “We commend this organization for becoming a leader in stroke care by adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines and striving to improve a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
Johnson said certifications and accreditations are matters of high priority each year at Hutch Regional and the Primary Stroke Center has achieved that goal for a second time. “The certification provides Hutch Regional with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional care the unit provides with a challenge to advance our treatments to the next level of excellence,” Johnson said.
The Hutch Regional Primary Stroke Center is one of 12 in Kansas, five of which are in metropolitan Kansas City.