St. Mary’s earns certification for stroke care

St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center has received certification for treating patients who’ve suffered strokes.

The Joint Commission awarded St. Mary’s advanced certification for primary stroke centers, recognizing the hospital meets its criteria for caring for stroke patients.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, St. Mary’s has demonstrated is commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” said Jean Range, executive director of disease-specific care certification for the commission. “Certification is a voluntary process, and the Joint Commission commends St. Mary’s for successfully undertaking the challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

An on-site review was conducted in September to determine if the hospital complies with the requirements of the certification program and a primary stroke center, including efforts to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

“St. Mary’s is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Dr. Logan McDaneld, a neurologist at St. Mary’s neurology clinic who’s trained in stroke treatment.

The Joint Commission is the oldest and largest health care standard-setting and accrediting organization. The commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S. The commission also certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific programs that focus on the care of patients which chronic illnesses, including strokes and heart failure.