Highline Medical Center receives distinction in stroke care
Highline Medical Center recently received certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission is an independent organization that accredits and certifies healthcare programs throughout the U.S. The certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to ensure best practices in stroke treatment. Certification is a symbol of quality based upon stringent performance standards.
795,000 Americans are affected by stroke every year and it is the number one preventable cause of disability. To be eligible for certification, a hospital must meet national standards including staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care and a comprehensive stroke-focused program that provides individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs.
Highline Medical Center has an interdisciplinary stroke team that provides swift action at every stage of treatment. Highline’s stroke teams are available 24/7 and a dedicated stroke unit staffed by highly trained medical staff assures the highest level of care. Physicians with expertise in CT or MRI images review results within 20 minutes and lab tests are expedited so that patients receive the best care possible.
For more information about Highline’s Stroke Program, visit www.HighlineMedicalCenter.org .