The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Kent Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, for the third consecutive time since its first certification in 2008. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Kent Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that its program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Kent Hospital first achieved this certification in 2008 and at the time was only the second hospital in the state to do so. Since 2008, Kent has had an onsite review every two years to maintain this certification.
“Obtaining this certification is a great achievement for the Stroke Center at Kent Hospital and reiterates the top quality, aggressive stroke care we provide to our patients,” said Sandra Coletta, president and CEO of Kent Hospital and COO of Care New England. “We are continually focused on providing timely care to those who have suffered a stroke, with the best possible outcomes.”
Kent Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review during the month ofSeptemberand a Joint Commission expert reviewed Kent Hospital’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.
“Kent Hospital is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Arshad Iqbal, MD, chief of neurology and director of the Stroke Center at Kent Hospital. “In addition to our accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients and help us improve care overall for our community.”
Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.
"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Kent Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Kent Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
The Stroke Center at Kent Hospital has also earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. In receiving this distinction, Kent has demonstrated the program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
The Stroke Center at Kent offers a multidisciplinary team that is available 24/7 from the moment of the patient’s arrival in the Kent Emergency Department through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. Kent Hospital’s 20-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation program provides 24/7 nursing supervision, daily physician visits and three hours of therapy a day to recovering stroke patients.