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Catholic Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Designations from The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

(Manchester, NH) – Catholic Medical Center (CMC) is pleased to announce that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. CMC is the first hospital in Manchester to earn the distinction.

Joint Commission experts visited CMC in May, 2017 and evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“CMC has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend CMC for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate CMC 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, the hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“We’re pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said CMC President & CEO Joseph Pepe, MD. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide and as well as innovations we are committed to bringing our patients and community to advance our care even further.”

Earlier this year, CMC also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. CMC has also recently launched a TeleStroke Ambulance Program to allow neurologists to remotely connect with ambulances and evaluate suspected stroke patients en route to the hospital.

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 Coalition’s “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).

Stroke is the number five 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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