Western Reserve Hospital received Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), verifying that the hospital has the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care and administer acute therapies safely and efficiently.
“When strokes occur, every second that passes increases the risk of permanent brain damage and loss of function, and that’s why we make it a priority to provide exceptional stroke care,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “By earning our Primary Stroke Certification, our commitment to delivering immediate emergency care to our patients in stroke-related situations has been recognized.”
In order to receive the Primary Stroke Certification, Western Reserve met or exceeded the stringent standards of the program, which required a program director with extensive experience in acute stroke, 24/7 lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities, access to neurologists 24/7, a designation stroke unit, education standards for the staff and much more.
“This certification signifies that Western Reserve Hospital has demonstrated and is clearly committed to providing excellent stroke care to its patients,” said Josh Prober, Chief Executive Officer, HFAP. “Hospitals that have established stroke centers have demonstrated improved treatment, better patient outcomes and reduced costs. Moreover, Primary Stroke centers have the required infrastructure and protocols in place to stabilize and provide rapid and evidence-based care to acute stroke patients.”
HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006. The program provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. For more information about HFAP, visit http://www.hfap.org.
For more information about Western Reserve Hospital and its certified stroke care offerings, visit http://www.westernreservehospital.org/stroke-readiness.html