ďThis recertification is a credit to the partnering physicians,
nurses, rehabilitation therapists and the entire stroke care team,
whose dedication and hard work ensure that our patients receive care
that is second to none,Ē said Amanda Conn, coordinator of Memorialís
Stroke Center and a registered nurse.
Memorialís stroke program provides a comprehensive continuum of care
from prevention to recovery. This includes dedicated stroke response
teams that provide fast diagnosis and treatment to stroke patients
who arrive in Memorialís emergency department, inpatient care and
Memorial treats more than 700 stroke patients annually. The hospital
first received certification in 2010 and has been recertified every
other year since.
In August 2013, Memorial was one of a handful of healthcare
organizations in Illinois to earn a rare fivefold accreditation for
rehabilitation services from the Commission on Accreditation of
Rehabilitation Facilities, which included stroke inpatient
The Joint Commissionís Primary Stroke Center Certification is based
on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the
Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Associationís
guidelines for stroke care.
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Hospitals applying for advanced certification must meet The
Joint Commissionís requirements for disease-specific care
certification and additional clinically specific requirements
The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000
healthcare organizations and programs and is the nation's oldest
and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in
healthcare. Its Disease-Specific Care Certification Program,
launched in 2002, evaluates clinical programs across the
continuum of care in three core areas.
Strokes occur when blood flow to a region of the brain is
obstructed, either by blockage in an artery that supplies blood
to the brain or by bleeding of ruptured blood vessels in the
brain. Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or
recurrent stroke, the nationís fourth leading cause of death
behind heart disease, cancer and lower respiratory disease.
Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., is a nonprofit,
community-based hospital in the Mid-Illinois Medical District at
[Text received; MEMORIAL HEALTH