Chicago, Ill. – Apr. 23, 2012 – After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
“We’re very proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” said James Stone, MD, chief, Section of Neurological Surgery at Illinois Masonic. “We’re pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community.”
Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, the nation’s third leading cause of death. In fact, on average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, while someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
“In stroke care, time is brain,” said Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, disease-specific care certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has proven it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.qualitycheck.org.
About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Thomson Reuters, as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010. The medical center also was named a Top Performer in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index, as well as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review for 2010. In 2008, the hospital achieved Magnet designation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2009 and 2010 Thomson Reuters Top 10 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visit www.advocatehealth.com/masonic.
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