That assurance follows the hospital recently achieving Primary Stroke Recertification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority.
“The certification is not required. We undergo it because we want to be the best,” said Linda Kraiko, Franciscan St. Margaret Health senior director of patient services.
American Stroke Association and Brain Attack Coalition standards are followed; they provide hospitals tools for education and support regarding stroke prevention, care and recovery.
“We follow 14 indicators. By meeting them, through rigorous criteria, we can offer better patient outcomes,” said Julie Adamczyk-McCrea, the hospital’s stroke treatment coordinator, adding stroke is regarded as the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability.
The recertification process followed an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s stroke program, which first received accreditation two years ago and will undergo the process again in 2014.
“We are continuously submitting data for the recertification process,” Kraiko said.