St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

(PUEBLO, COLO.) - St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced that it has earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

The hospital successfully passed the rigorous on-site review as part of their re-certification. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

St. Mary-Corwin has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. We commend St. Mary-Corwin for being a leader in stroke care, providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.

We congratulate St. Mary-Corwin for achieving this designation, said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, St. Mary-Corwin has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.

St. Mary-Corwin is proud to receive this advanced certification from The Joint Commission; St. Mary-Corwin has been a Primary Stroke Center since 2006, said Ashley Trujillo, stroke program coordinator at St. Mary-Corwin. This re-certification indicates the exceptional and rapid care available right here in Pueblo for acute stroke patients in the community. In addition, it reflects the care and compassion that is displayed at St. Mary-Corwin on a daily basis.

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalitions Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers (JAMA, 2000) and the Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers (Stroke,2011).

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is also a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award and has been recognized as a Target: Stroke Honor Roll hospital by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. This award recognizes excellent stroke care at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. We provide our patients with fast-acting, exceptional stroke treatment that prepares them for discharge and a healthy recovery, said Ashley Trujillo, StrokeProgram Coordinator at St. Mary-Corwin.

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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About The Joint Commission:
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nations oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations: The JointCommission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health cares most critical safety and quality problems and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications. Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission atwww.jointcommission.org.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- Americas No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nations oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us onFacebook and Twitter.

About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, connecting individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For more information on St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, please visit www.stmarycorwin.org or follow on Twitter @StMaryCorwin andfacebook.com/StMaryCorwin.