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EvergreenHealth Stroke Care Program Earns National Quality Certification for Ninth Consecutive Year
Date
12/02/2016
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Kirkland, Wash. — EvergreenHealth’s stroke care program recently achieved recertification from The Joint Commission as an accredited “Advanced Primary Stroke Center,” for the ninth consecutive year. Developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), this distinguished national honor is given to stroke care programs that provide the highest level of preeminent, specialty care and services to patients in their region.

EvergreenHealth’s recertification is based on the results of a stringent onsite survey, in which a representative from The Joint Commission found no issues or critical recommendations for improvements to the health system’s stroke care programming and services. The health system first became a certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center through The Joint Commission in 2007.

“When a stroke patient enters our doors, countless departments at EvergreenHealth work in concert to provide crucial, time sensitive treatment that can prevent or reverse damage from a stroke ,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “This recognition by The Joint Commission is a well-deserved testament to that indispensable work.”

According to the criteria, hospitals achieving the “Advanced Primary Stroke Center” accreditation meet a number of high-level measurements and demonstrate compliance with the commission’s standards for provider certification, and the stroke care clinical practice guidelines of AHA/ASA. EvergreenHealth also met a number of other quality clinical certification measures, including continuous patient monitoring protocols, regular performance data measurement and analysis, and annual stroke education for providers within the stroke care team and across the health system, as well as the general public.

“This was our most rigorous survey yet—and we couldn’t be prouder of the results,” said David Likosky, MD, director, Stroke and Neurohospitalist programs at EvergreenHealth. “The work of providing evidenced-based care for our patients never ceases, and we continuously implement feedback and insights provided by The Joint Commission to maintain our program’s stringent standards.”

This certification for excellence in stroke care comes on the heels of EvergreenHealth receiving the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award for the eighth year in a row in 2016. HealthGrades also recognized EvergreenHealth’s stroke program among the top 100 in the nation and the best in Washington state for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, EvergreenHealth has received the Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for exceeding outcome goals set by the American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. For more information about The Joint Commission and their stroke care certification process, visit www.jointcommission.org/.

To learn more about EvergreenHealth’s stroke care and services, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/stroke. For more information about EvergreenHealth’s commitment to quality and safety and exceptional care, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.

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About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its seventh designation (2009-2012, and 2014-2016) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, placing it among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance; and was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength.
For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.


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