CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Awarded Nation’s Top Stroke Center Certification - CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

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Published on February 14, 2018

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Awarded Nation’s Top Stroke Center Certification

With Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and American Heart Association Heart-Check, Tyler-based health care provider stakes claim as the region’s leading facility for stroke patients.

 

 

TYLER, TX – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

 

With this certification, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler underwent a rigorous onsite review in February 2018, when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

 

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.

 

"By achieving this advanced certification, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

 

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler on achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center certification,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Meeting the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification represents a commitment to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

 

“CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Cathy Newman RN, MSN, NEA-BC Associate Chief Nursing Officer, CHRISTUS® Trinity Mother Frances Health System “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence.”

 

“The endless hours that all our teams have spent working on this initiative, and the professionalism that was displayed by every Associate, nurse, advanced practice provider and physician during the survey was very impressive,” said Mari-Carmen Kennedy, RN, SCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler. “Their diligence, self-motivation and dedication have been a source of inspiration for everyone here. The prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 40:29, ‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.’ May God grant you the strength and power necessary to continue to provide outstanding care for our stroke patients!”

 

Comprehensive Stroke Center certification means a hospital is ready to deliver advanced stroke care - 24/7. It’s the highest level of stroke certification, earned by meeting standards for the most complex stroke cases.

 

“CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler is pleased to be among the ranks of comprehensive stroke centers that have greatly improved the care and outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jason Proctor, Chief Operating Officer. “There are only 23 Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Texas, and they are centered around Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. We have joined an elite group of high-performing health care organizations. This designation will allow us to better serve the needs of stroke patients across Northeast Texas.”

 

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive 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 Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2005), Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011) and recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.

 

 

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About CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals - Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville, Winnsboro and Sulphur Springs, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 650 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 41 specialties in 82 locations serving Northeast Texas across 41 counties. For more information on services available through CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit christustmf.org

 

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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

 

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team 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 American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit www.heart.org/myhospital.

 

 

Reviewed by WK on February 14, 2018

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