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Published on February 28, 2012

Community Hospital receives stroke center recertification, award

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Joint Commission Quality LogoMONTEREY, Calif. — The quality of stroke care at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has been recognized through the hospital’s recertification as a primary stroke center and through receipt of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

AHA Silver Plus Award LogoThe recertification follows a rigorous onsite survey on Monday by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading healthcare accreditation organization. A surveyor reviewed records, interviewed patients, and interviewed staff in nursing units, the Emergency department, Rehabilitation Services, Pharmacy, Radiology, and Laboratory Services. Community Hospital was first certified as a primary stroke center in 2009, after developing an extensive protocol to treat stroke patients.

 The Silver Plus award, announced in mid-February, recognizes that Community Hospital has achieved specific measures in using evidence-based practices in treating stroke patients.

“These two achievements reflect Community Hospital’s commitment to providing the best, most timely stroke care possible for our community,” says Steven Packer, MD, president and chief executive officer. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost so having an experienced multidisciplinary team in place to respond to stroke patients can mean the difference between full recovery and serious disability.”

To be certified as a primary stroke center, Community Hospital demonstrated that it:

Uses a standardized method of delivering or facilitating integrated and coordinated clinical care based on the Brain Attack Coalition recommendations for establishment of primary stroke centers

Tailors treatment and intervention to individual needs

Promotes the flow of patient information across settings and providers, while protecting patient rights, security, and privacy

Analyzes and uses data to continually improve treatment plans

Evaluates ways to improve performance and clinical practice, thereby improving patient care

To achieve the Silver Plus award from the stroke and heart associations, Community Hospital demonstrated 12 consecutive months of 85 percent adherence or higher to all 7 Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and met an additional 7 stroke quality measures.

“Community Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” says Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With the Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/