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St. Rita’s awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission

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LIMA – St. Rita’s Medical Center has once again 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 HeartCheck mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

St. Rita’s Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review in 2015 to achieve recertification. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. This was a renewal process for St. Rita’s to achieve the certification received in 2013.

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.

“Our team at St. Rita’s is pleased to receive Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Cory Unverferth, RN, BSN, Neurosciences Clinical Manager at St. Rita’s Medical Center. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to
continually strive to advance our care even further.”