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Lake Regional Awarded Primary Stroke Center Designation from The Joint Commission

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Lake Regional Health System has earned national recognition for meeting rigorous care standards for stroke patients. The hospital now has The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Center Certification.

“This prestigious recognition ensures we are providing the best care possible to our patients,” said Crystal Lloyd, R.N., BSN, Lake Regional stroke program coordinator. “We’re excited to have access to The Joint Commission’s resources for continuous process improvement, helping us maintain a high standard of clinical care.”

Lake Regional Health System underwent a rigorous onsite review on Sept. 16. A team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated Lake Regional’s compliance with certification standards, including how quickly stroke patients see a doctor, receive a CT scan, receive lab work and receive the clot-busting medication tPA.

The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews, visiting the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit. Team members from Human Resources and Quality Management also participated in the review.

“The Joint Commission review team looked at every avenue within Lake Regional Health System that a stroke patient would visit to ensure our patients receive care consistent with current clinical practice guidelines and The Joint Commission’s rigorous standards,” Lloyd said.

Joint Commission and American Stroke Association representatives congratulated Lake Regional on earning the certification.

“Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Lake Regional Health System for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate Lake Regional Health System for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”