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Joint Commission awards McLaren Port Huron Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center

Monday, January 27, 2014

Port Huron, MI – The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized McLaren Port Huron with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

According to The Joint Commission, this certification signifies Port Huron Hospital’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for its patients. There are 31 Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Centers in Michigan.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is a voluntary process designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. McLaren Port Huron underwent a rigorous on-site review by a Joint Commission expert to determine the hospital’s compliance with The Joint Commission’s primary stroke center protocols and certification requirements, such as collecting stroke treatment data and using it to improve stroke patients’ care. 

“Our staff is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care based on current scientific research to ensure continuous improvement in care,” says Tom DeFauw, president and CEO of the hospital. “In addition to our Joint Commission 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.”

McLaren Port Huron also has Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care certification in Advanced Diabetes Inpatient Care and in Wound Care.

According to Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification Executive Director Jean Range, “Certification is a voluntary process. The Joint Commission commends McLaren Port Huron for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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.
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About The Joint Commission:
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. It teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.