Sibley Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers. This prestigious award recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care, according to The Joint Commission.
With this designation, Sibley Memorial Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must 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, specialized education and staff competencies.
“Sibley earned this distinction due to the efforts of our highly-skilled and dedicated stroke team,” said Richard “Chip” Davis, Ph.D., Ed.M., president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital. “This recognition underscores our ongoing commitment to providing exceptional and advanced stroke care that is evidence-based and compassionate.”
“Sibley is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care, and The Joint Commission’s recognition of our efforts in this regard are gratifying,” says Jason Freeman, M.D., medical director of Sibley’s stroke program. “This award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that our patients receive care that is based on internationally respected best practices.”
Earlier this year, Sibley Memorial Hospital also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing nationally recognized, evidence-based stroke treatment.
The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Established of Primary Stroke Centers.”
Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.