Memorial Medical Center Earns
Joint Commission's Highest Designation as Comprehensive Stroke
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[January 09, 2018]
Memorial Medical Center has earned the nation’s highest designation
for stroke care – one of only 10 hospitals in Illinois to earn the
certification from The Joint Commission.
The nonprofit hospital’s certification as a comprehensive stroke
center, a level of care achieved by an estimated 150 of the nation’s
5,600 hospitals, recognizes Memorial for its ability to provide
expert around-the-clock care for the most complex stroke patients.
Memorial Medical Center treats an estimated 1,200 stroke cases
annually. Of the 10 Illinois hospitals to achieve the comprehensive
stroke designation, Memorial is one of only two hospitals outside of
the Chicago region.
“When treating stroke, every second counts,” said Evan Davis,
administrator of orthopedic services and neurosciences for Memorial
Health System. “As the only comprehensive stroke center serving the
southern half of Illinois, Memorial is committed to providing the
best level of care for stroke, from the emergency department to
The certification means that Memorial has highly qualified
physicians in key medical specialties (including neurology,
neurosurgery, diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology, and
emergency medicine), hospital staff with unique and ongoing
training, and the latest technology to provide each patient with a
full spectrum of treatment options and interventions, Davis said.
Memorial’s comprehensive interdisciplinary stroke team has the
capability to quickly evaluate stroke symptoms using advanced
medical imaging and deliver time-sensitive treatments and procedures
to prevent death and life-altering disabilities, including those
available only under specialized research protocols.
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The stroke team at Memorial Medical Center includes board-certified physicians
and surgeons from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Clinical
Radiologists, Mid-America Emergency Physicians and Springfield Clinic, in
addition to healthcare professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult
disability in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Memorial Medical Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission as a primary
stroke center since 2010 and was first certified as a comprehensive stroke
center in 2015. The nonprofit hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in
October when Joint Commission experts evaluated Memorial's compliance with
stroke-related standards and requirements.
Those requirements for a comprehensive stroke center include having the
infrastructure, staff and training resources to provide state-of-the-art care to
all stroke patients; providing a dedicated neurointensive care unit with
round-the-clock neurointensive care for complex stroke patients; and using
advanced imaging capabilities.
“We are extremely proud of the dedication and expertise of Memorial’s stroke
team, of their achievement in attaining this elite national designation as a
comprehensive stroke center, and the opportunity to provide the highest level of
stroke care to the patients, families and communities we serve,” Tiffany
Whitaker, director of Memorial’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, said.
[Michael Leathers, Memorial Health