2013-03-01 / Hospital Updates

JFK Medical Center awarded advanced certification for stroke centers


Health&Fitness Health&Fitness JFK Medical Center has attained advanced certification byThe Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American StrokeAssociation, having metThe Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.This means JFK is part of an elite group of providers in the country focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highlyspecialized stroke care.

Comprehensive Stroke Center advanced certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-ofthe art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. JFK underwent a rigorous onsite review in October 2012 by Joint Commission experts who reviewed JFK’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

Spozhmy Panezai M.D., medical director of JFK’s Comprehensive Stroke Center says of the award,“A comprehensive stroke center requires the coordination of many departments, including neurology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, radiology, critical care, nursing, rehabilitation, clinical pathology and pretty much every other department in the hospital.We have brought this complex team together and organized it around the stroke patient’s needs, and it’s the focus on the patient that makes our achievement remarkable.”

“By achieving this advanced certification, JFK 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,The Joint Commission.“Certification is a voluntary process andThe Joint Commission commends JFK for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of care for the community it serves.”

Ray Fredericks, president and CEO of JFK Health System, is equally as proud of JFK’s Stroke program.“JFK Medical Center is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care based on current scientific research to ensure continuous improvement in care. Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification has given us another opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients.”

For more information about this advanced certification for stroke, visit the JFK website at www.jfkmc.org.

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