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Jackson Memorial Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Stroke Care

Jackson Memorial Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. The hospital earned both The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including 24/7 availability of specialized treatments by neurologists, neurointerventionalists, neurosurgeons, and neuroradiologists; having dedicated neuro intensive care beds for complex stroke patients; and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.  

The Joint Commission experts conducted a rigorous evaluation of Jackson’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements. The commission’s findings earned the hospital the highly sought after certifications.

Stroke is the fifth leading 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 in the U.S. 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.

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

The stroke team at Jackson Memorial Hospital is comprised of expert stroke physicians and surgeons – neurologists, neurointerventionalists, and neurosurgeons – from the University of Miami Health System, working alongside highly-skilled Jackson nurses, therapists, technicians, social workers, and case managers who specialize in stroke care. The team routinely delivers groundbreaking and innovative medical treatment for stroke patients. With these resources, the Jackson Memorial stroke team is considered a leader nationally in stroke care.

Jackson Memorial Receives Gold Award

Jackson Memorial Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success on providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. UNC Hospitals earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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