Lake Charles, Louisiana - CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark by achieving Advanced Primary Stroke Center (PSC) Certification. Certified PSCs collect monthly data that is submitted quarterly to The Joint Commission. The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission, is given to organizations that successfully undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.
The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The American Stroke Association Heart-Check indicates an organization’s commitment to the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
“The hard work of the stroke team at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital is to be commended. “Because of the exceptional stroke care offered here, our patients are a testament of our commitment to helping them recover and get back to the life they loved before suffering a debilitating stroke. We are providing this advanced stroke care right here at home,” said Jim Davidson, President and Chief Operating Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana.
CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review recently by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, not-for-profit standard setting and accrediting organization in health care. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with the Primary Stroke Center program processes and procedures currently in place including program management, supporting self-management, delivering and facilitating clinical care and improving patient outcomes. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“When stroke happens, we are ready. We have worked hard to align our program with the highest standards. Each year we care for more than 600 stroke patients through this center; our community can be assured they are receiving the best stroke care available, said Ashliegh Burns, B.S.N., R.N., Stroke and Sepsis Coordinator, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana.
“Primary Stroke Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital for using certification as a tool to continuously strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”
“We congratulate CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”
For more information on Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification, please visit The Joint Commission website.