Kenmore Mercy Hospital Recertified as a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center

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September 24, 2013

The Joint Commission recently awarded Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, Re-Certification for Advanced Primary Stroke Centers (Stroke Services).

The certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients and demonstrates that a program meets critical performance elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Kenmore Mercy underwent a rigorous on-site review by a Joint Commission expert of its compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program and Advanced Primary Stroke Center requirements. Those include collecting Joint Commission required data and using it for performance improvement activities.

“Kenmore Mercy Hospital is thoroughly committed to providing patients in the Buffalo and surrounding areas with high-quality care,” said Laura Verbanic, the hospital’s director of quality safety. “Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients.”

Certification Available to Joint Commission-Accredited Hospitals

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, the Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of a Primary Stroke Centers.”

Kenmore Mercy Hospital vice president of Patient Care Services Cheryl Hayes said the certification “confirms that our staff and physicians provide excellent, evidence-based practice standards for patients experiencing a stroke.”

Currently, there are more than 925 certified primary stroke centers in 48 states. Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

Stroke is the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.