The Medical Center at Caverna awarded Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification from The Joint Commission

The Medical Center at Caverna has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification.

The Medical Center at Caverna underwent a rigorous onsite review in February. The Joint Commission surveyor evaluated compliance with stroke-related certification standards and requirements. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and staff interviews to evaluate delivery of clinical care and performance improvement initiatives related to the care of stroke patients.

“Our team at The Medical Center at Caverna works diligently to provide compassionate and excellent patient care,” said Alan Alexander, Vice President and Administrator. “Becoming a certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospital is validation that we have incorporated best practices in stroke care.  Further, this certification affirms the ongoing commitment to quality from our physicians, nurses, radiology, lab and other team members.”

“Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, Interim Executive Vice President, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Medical Center at Caverna for using certification to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We owe a great deal of thanks to, not only our team members, but to Hart County Ambulance Service, who worked with us on improving protocols and response times,” said Megan Riggs, Stroke Care Coordinator and Performance Improvement Nurse. “It’s very rewarding to work together with dedicated people who strive daily to carry out our mission of caring for people and improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.”

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