Primary Stroke Center

Image removed.(LOUISVILLE, COLO.) Avista Adventist Hospital has earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commissions national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. This advanced certification award recognizes Avista Adventist Hospitals exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.

Avista Adventist Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in October 22, 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Avista Adventist Hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including initial stroke care, patient education, and patient satisfaction. The Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the America Stroke Associations statements and guidelines for stroke care.

The Joint Commissions Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002 is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

In stroke care, time is brain, says Jean E Range, M.S., R.N.,C.P.H.Q, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Avista Adventist Hospital has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence, says Dennis Barts, Chief Executive Officer of Avista. Achieving Joint Commission certification in stroke care, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.

Achieving Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center demonstrates that Avista Adventist Hospital is committed to providing our community with exceptional stroke care says Annie Stallings, Avistas Stroke Program Coordinator. It represents the efforts of people across the hospital collaborating to provide the highest possible level of care for our patients. When a patient comes to Avista Adventist Hospital, they not only access the highest quality stroke care in their own community, but they access Centuras system of care which includes St. Anthony Hospital, a Comprehensive Stroke Center.Lesley Radocy, Chief Nursing Officer said, The certification provides us with the opportunity to both learn and share best practices. By using evidence based practice and applying process improvement methodologies to our work, we seek to have outcomes that exceed national standards.

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nations 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.

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About Avista Adventist Hospital
Avista Adventist Hospital is a full service, 114-bed acute-care hospital with a medical staff of more than 600 physicians. In addition to providing first-rate orthopedic and critical care services (cardiac, stroke, emergency, trauma and intensive care), Avista is the home to the area's leading birthing services and largest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Known for devotion to whole person care and tireless attention to creating a safe, compassionate and healing environment, Avista and its 630 associates have been recognized for excellence by an impressive list of independent organizations that assess quality and patient satisfaction.