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Resurrection Health Care Primary Stroke Care Program Awarded Certification from the Joint Commission

Consistent, Quality Stroke Care Accessible at All Seven RHC Acute Care Hospitals

Chicago, Ill. (July 6, 2009) – All seven (7) Resurrection Health Care (RHC) acute care hospitals have earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Advanced Disease-Specific Certification as Primary Stroke Centers. Resurrection earned these distinctions after the Joint Commission conducted an all day on-site review of each of the hospitals’ acute stroke programs in May.

With each of RHC’s acute care hospitals earning this achievement, Chicagoland residents now have access to consistent, high-quality stroke care nearby.

“Resurrection demonstrated that its stroke care programs follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction,” said Anita Halvorsen, System Director, Neuroscience Service Line, Resurrection Health Care. “Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and communities. A patient anywhere in the Chicagoland area with stroke signs and symptoms can be assessed and treated efficiently and effectively at any RHC hospital - with the same proven, evidence-based medical practices in stroke care.”

Halvorsen added that the achievement of Joint Commission certification was made possible through the dedication and collaboration of staff, physicians and leadership at each RHC hospital and at the System level.

Stroke Facts

  • Each year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States experience a new or recurrent stroke -- the third leading cause of death in the United States.

  • On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3 to 4 minutes.

  • During a stroke, two million brain cells are lost every minute. Time is brain!

  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

With these high statistics and need for urgent treatment, it is important for communities to have access to certified Primary Stroke Centers that offer stroke-focused physician assessments, necessary testing and the most advanced treatments, including clot-busting medications and neurointerventional procedures that reduce brain damage that occurs during a stroke.

Resurrection is committed to educating the community about the warning signs of a stroke and the need to call 911 immediately if they or their family member is experiencing difficulty walking, talking, reaching, seeing or a sudden headache. Visit the stroke section of the RHC website for valuable resources on this important topic.

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Resurrection Health Care is a family of health care services providing advanced medical care and exceptional customer service with compassion and hope. Our hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, home health services, behavioral health programs and other services are conveniently located in many Chicagoland neighborhoods. Resurrection Health Care is a not-for-profit Catholic organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and the Sisters of the Resurrection.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more then 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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