Skip to Main Content

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Awarded HFAP Stroke-Ready Certification - Archived

Mount Sterling, Ky. (August 5, 2019) — Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has been awarded Stroke-Ready Certification by HFAP, the nation’s original, independent accreditation program. This certification garnered through an independent, external evaluation illustrates the commitment of Saint Joseph Mount Sterling to providing prompt recognition and treatment of stroke patients.

“Time is of the essence in treating symptoms of a stroke. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death,” said Cinda Fluke, M.Ed., BSN, RN, NEA-bc, Vice President, Hospital Operations, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling. “We’re honored to receive this certification as it shows our continued commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

A stroke occurs about every 40 seconds in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also estimates that someone in the U.S. dies from a stroke every four minutes.

“Saint Joseph Mount Sterling clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems, HFAP’s nonprofit parent company. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of the Stroke-Ready program against standards for organizational operations and clinical services that drive patient safety and continuous quality improvement. Saint Joseph Mount Sterling has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

For more information about Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, visit

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Mount Sterling
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling is a 42-bed community hospital located in Mount Sterling, KY. Established in 1918, the facility serves residents of Montgomery, Bath, Menifee, Powell and Rowan counties. An investment of $60 million opened the current facility in 2011.

About HFAP
HFAP is a nationally recognized program of AAHHS, offering accreditation and specialty certifications to serve a range of healthcare organizations. Originally established in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accreditation program in the United States. HFAP holds deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and also is recognized by state governments and regulatory bodies, and insurers. HFAP’s mission is to be the valued partner for healthcare organizations committed to improving their quality of care, through accreditation/certification standards and continuing education, with a focus on advancing the health and welfare of their communities. For more information, visit


For More Information:
Mary Branham, Director, Communications
P: 859.313.2642
[email protected] 

Publish date: 

Monday, August 05, 2019