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Saint Joseph Hospital Awarded Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification - Archived


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Saint Joseph Hospital Awarded Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification

Lexington, Ky. (January 11, 2016)—Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification.
Saint Joseph Hospital was recognized after The Joint Commission experts evaluated the center’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“We are honored to be recognized for our excellence in stroke care,” said David Blake, MD, stroke medical director and neurologist at Saint Joseph Hospital. “With this certification, we are able to highlight that we make acute stroke care a priority and we provide faster care with aggressive treatment options aimed at better recovery and better outcomes for our patients. Recognition such as this demonstrates our commitment to the best standard of care to treat stroke patients, enabling improved outcomes and improved return to work.”
Stroke is the number five 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.
“Saint Joseph Hospital has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to the care of stroke patients by achieving Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi Roberts, RN, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “We commend Saint Joseph Hospital for being a leader in the identification, intervention and treatment of stroke care for patients. Certified primary stroke centers consistently set a higher standard of care for stroke patients in their communities.”

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).
“We congratulate Saint Joseph Hospital for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Saint Joseph Hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
Neurology and neurosurgical care at Saint Joseph Hospital is provided by more than 30 neurologists, epileptologists, neuro-interventionalists, neurosurgeons, radiologists and emergency physicians. Both outpatient and inpatient care is provided with particular expertise in stroke care, epilepsy care, multiple sclerosis treatment, Parkinson’s Disease management and all aspects of neurosurgical treatment of brain and spine disease. For more information about Saint Joseph Hospital Neurology Care, visit or call 859.313.1000.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.  The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.


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Monday, January 11, 2016