MASON CITY, Iowa – Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa says it has been honored for its standard of care for stroke victims.
The hospital says it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. To be eligible for these awards, Mercy says it had to demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.
"By achieving this advanced certification, Mercy – North Iowa has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Dr. Mark R. Chassin, president and CEO of The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Mercy – North Iowa for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association says stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, with someone suffering a stroke an average of every 40 seconds and someone dying of a stroke every four minutes.
“Mercy – North Iowa is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Jennifer Thoe, Stroke Coordinator at Mercy. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence.”
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