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Trinity Health Designated 1,000th Stroke Center

Date:  January 15th, 2013

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(MINOT, ND)—The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association marked an important milestone,
recognizing Trinity Health as the nation's 1,000th Certified Primary Stroke Center.

At a Minot news conference, officials from both organizations celebrated the achievement, congratulating Trinity Health and its stroke team for meeting the certification program's stringent standards and performance guidelines.

“This is definitely a milestone for The Joint Commission and American Heart Association to have reached 1,000 Primary Stroke Centers,” said M.J. Hampel, Senior Associate Director with The Joint Commission. “But it's also a milestone for Trinity. You've taken a major step towards improving the lives of your patients by becoming certified as a Primary Stroke Center.”

The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association began its collaboration in 2002 and started certifying Primary Stroke Centers in 2003. Speaking for AHA/ASA, Michelle Gardner, Midwest Affiliate Vice President of Quality Improvement, recalled the nine-year effort.

“I've been working with M.J. and The Joint Commission since we started Primary Stroke Center certification, so I can't tell you how thrilled it was to learn that the 1,000th Primary Stroke Center was in the Midwest, which I cover. This is fabulous!”

Stroke programs applying for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification
plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations. Primary Stroke Center certification requirements include:
    Results of initial lab tests and diagnostic brain imaging within 45 minutes of order;
  • Capability to administer IV thrombolytic therapy within three hours of symptom onset;
  • A designated stroke unit;
  • A Primary Stroke Center medical director; and
  • At least one public educational activity on stroke per year.

Trinity Health President/CEO John M. Kutch praised Trinity's stroke team, saying, “This certification
demonstrates Trinity's commitment to provide the highest level of quality in stroke care.  It means that Trinity
Health not only follows but delivers in accordance with best practice guidelines.”

Trinity joined the growing list of stroke centers following an on-site review in November by a Joint Commission reviewer with expertise in stroke care. SPACE index.php