- Written By:Alex Colley
St. Mary’s Medical Center today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Stroke Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
St. Mary’s Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in April 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with stroke-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.
Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses 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.
“St. Mary’s Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with stroke,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend St. Mary’s Medical Center for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
“St. Mary’s Medical Center is pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Barb Miller, Stroke Coordinator, St. Mary’s Medical Center. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence for those in our community.”
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 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
About St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center is a faith-based, 146-bed hospital located in Blue Springs, Missouri, providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services from a 24-hour Emergency Department to state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. Key services include the St. Mary’s Heart Center, Stroke Center, Breast Center, Wound Center, Joint and Spine Institute and Surgical Institutes and Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. It is a member of Prime Healthcare, an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 43,500 jobs in 14 states. For more information, visit stmaryskc.com.