Grand View Hospital’s Stroke Program Awarded Certification by The Joint Commission A Third Time
|(February 13, 2012) Sellersville, PA – Grand View Hospital has earned continued Gold Seal of Approval™ for re-certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. The national agency recognized Grand View based on an onsite evaluation conducted on January 31 and demonstration of compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care. This is Grand View’s third time achieving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for a Primary Stroke Center.
“This award of distinction validates all the hard work by our stroke and vascular care team in implementing processes to help us consistently deliver quality care,” said Grand View’s Medical Director Jane Ferry, MD. Grand View’s inpatient vascular coordinator Denise Kistler, RN, CNRN explained, “Providing patients with exceptional stroke care requires quick and efficient treatment because time lost is brain loss.”
“By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Grand View has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the
Grand View’s inpatient vascular coordinator Denise Kistler, RN, CNRN
|nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.qualitycheck.org.
Grand View’s Primary Stroke Center Program includes stroke evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation. The goal is helping patients make the most the most complete stroke recovery possible. Staff develops an individualized stroke recovery plan and closely monitors patients to help identify risk factors that can lead to further problems.
In addition to earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, Grand View’s Stroke Program also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. That award recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients following evidence-based guidelines.
Grand View’s Stroke Program is part of its Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases. Using advanced techniques and equipment, the Center manages cardiovascular problems ranging from the prevention and supervision of risk factors, to management of complex medical conditions including:
For more information on Grand View’s Stroke Care Program, call 215-453-4314.
- Stroke - Stroke Prevention and Management
- Cardiology - Medical and Interventional
- Vascular Services - Surgical and Non-Surgical Interventions
In other recent certification by The Joint Commission, the Advanced Heart Failure Program earned its first Gold Seal of Approval, while the orthopaedic Joint Replacement Program earned its second consecutive Gold Seal of Approval in both hip and knee replacement.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.
About the Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.