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Covenant Medical Center Re-certified as Advanced Primary Stroke Center

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Covenant Health announced that it has again 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.

The Covenant Medical Center (CMC) advanced primary stroke center underwent a rigorous onsite review in February. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

"Covenant Medical Center is pleased to once again receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association," said Walt Cathey, CMC CEO. "The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further."

Susi Mitchell, CMC stroke coordinator, said it is the exceptional teamwork and dedication of the staff that make the stroke program succeed.

"I'm proud to announce our re-designation as an advanced primary stroke center," Mitchell said. "Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by providing the most compassionate, timely, comprehensive and patient-centered care, while preserving the values of dignity, excellence, service and justice."

"Covenant Medical Center 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 Covenant for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community."

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 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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