Penrose earns stroke certification from TJC

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was certified as an advanced primary stroke center by The Joint Commission, the main accrediting body for hospitals in the nation.

The certification follows an on-site review last May and recognizes the hospital’s cohesive approach to foster better outcomes for stroke patients, said Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification Program is based on the Recommendations for Primary Stroke Centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association guidelines. Certified Primary Stroke Centers are held to high standards in the areas of quality, safety and patient care outcomes.

According to the American Stroke Association, each year about 795,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke, the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke about every 4 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

Penrose-St Francis recently received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.