Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center

6/20/2013 - Alton, Illinois

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Saint Anthony’s Health Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients.

OSF Saint Anthony’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. OSF Saint Anthony’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Saint Anthony’s Health Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Saint Anthony’s for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

The stroke center designation comes on the heels of the Health Center’s “A” grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization and advocate for hospital transparency. Saint Anthony’s was the only hospital in Madison and St. Clair counties to receive the top rating. And in 2012, OSF Saint Anthony’s was acknowledged by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in the nation for delivering outstanding patient care.

As part of its stroke program, Saint Anthony’s became the first hospital in Illinois last year to offer telemedicine for neurologic emergencies, such as stroke, which gives patients immediate round the clock access to board certified, fellowship trained neurologists.

Teleneurology has taken stroke care to an advanced level, with 24/7 coverage for the patient. After being assessed by an OSF Saint Anthony’s emergency room physician, neurologists are contacted and within minutes they have reviewed the patient’s CT scan and are evaluating the patient via high definition computerized workstation.

OSF Saint Anthony’s is also a member of the MidAmerica Stroke Network, a collaborative system of hospitals that shares knowledge, educational opportunities and technologies to provide high-level stroke care for individuals. Launched by Saint Louis University Hospital in 2008, the Network is committed to providing current and clinically-effective stroke care to patients in the member hospitals’ respective communities. The Network is the first and only one of its kind in the region.

For more information about Stroke, please call The Health Resource Center at (618) 465-2264.



Tina Zumwalt
Community Relations Coordinator
(618) 463-5394