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Stroke Program Receives Perfect Score from Joint Commission

December 18th, 2014

The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) designated stroke center at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center was recently awarded a perfect score on a survey by The Joint Commission. The disease-specific survey for stroke was conducted on December 8, 2014, and is designed to help organizations provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services by identifying opportunities for improvement, where needed.

After careful review of quality of care, safety and patient outcomes during the one-day intense survey, St. Catherine’s award-winning stroke program concluded with zero deficiencies. St. Catherine of Siena became a certified stroke center by The Joint Commission in 2012, and must undergo recertification every two years to maintain accreditation. St. Catherine’s stroke program is 1 of only 19 hospitals, of 204 in NYS to have The Joint Commission’s signature and most credible Gold Seal of Approval®.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, St. Catherine of Siena has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, certification programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends St. Catherine of Siena 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.

“St. Catherine of Siena is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said St. Catherine’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Paul J. Rowland.  “In addition to our The 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.”

Very few facilities receive perfect scores on a Joint Commission survey. The success of the survey is the hospital’s testament to the quality of care provided by an experienced multidisciplinary team.

St. Catherine of Siena has been a designated NYS DOH stroke center since 2005. The program gained the silver performance measure achievement award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association in 2008, followed by gold performance recognition from 2009-2010. In 2011, the program earned the Gold Plus achievement award and Target Stroke Honor Roll—and again in 2013, which the hospital continues to maintain. The program has also received international recognition at the 2014 American Heart Association International Stroke Conference and is now a disciplinary role model for other hospitals across the world. 

For more information about St. Catherine's Stroke Program, please call (631) 870-3444.