The Joint Commission has awarded Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) a certification designating the hospital as a Primary Stroke Center.
Joint Commission surveyors visited the hospital on September 26 for a rigorous onsite review that included an evaluation with stroke-related standards and requirements including program management, the delivery of clinical care, physician involvement and performance improvement.
Peggy Tuxhorn, RN, MSM, CPHQ, Vice President for Quality at HRMC, said the certification was the successful culmination of efforts over 18 months by the Stroke Task Force at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
“We have seen significant improvements during the past three years in reducing the times from onset of symptoms to treatment for those who suffer a stroke,” Tuxhorn said. “A single minute may save thousands of brain cells, a major factor in improving patient outcome.”
“The certification is the result of great healthcare professionals who work as a team to fine tune the process as much as possible,” Tuxhorn continued. “The taskforce’s work is an ongoing effort and much more work remains to be accomplished.”
Departments within HRMC involved in the Stroke Taskforce include Quality, Emergency Medical Service, Intensive Care Unit, Telemetry, Inpatient Rehab, Laboratory, Imaging Services, Pastoral Care, Care Management and Education.
Wendi Roberts, RN, Executive Director for certifications programs for the Joint Commission commended HRMC for their advanced efforts in diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.
“Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification of Primary Stroke Centers,” Roberts said. “We commend the hospital for being a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
Nancy Brown, Executive Director for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association echoed similar sentiments.
“By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by strokes.”
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Healthcare System, said the Joint Commission certification is a special designation that many healthcare facilities strive to achieve.
“The American Heart Association reports that strokes are the fourth leading cause of death each year in the United States, affecting nearly 800,000 individuals,” Johnson said. “The certification affirms the exceptional care provided by Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for stroke patients.”
The certification is for a period of two years, at which time HRMC is invited to reapply for re-certification.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is an entity of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.
Other entities are Health-E-Quip, Horizons Mental Health Center, Hospice and Homecare of Reno County and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation.