Kent Hospital Stroke Center earns Joint Commission certification

KENT HOSPITAL has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. / COURTESY KENT HOSPITAL

WARWICK – The Advanced Primary Stroke Center at Kent Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

Kent is among seven Rhode Island hospitals to earn the certification, which is valid for two years. The hospital also won the certification in 2017. It joins current certified centers at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, Newport Hospital in Newport, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and St. Joseph Health Center in North Providence, The Miriam Hospital in Providence, South County Healthcare System in South Kingstown and Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence.

Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement on Oct. 31, 2018, according to the Joint Commission’s report.

“Kent Hospital’s dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing outcome-oriented, exceptional stroke care to our communities,” said Susan Moore, the Stroke Center’s nurse director. “The stroke program continues to evolve, using evidence-based recommendations and quality assessment and reporting.”

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The Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, established in 2003, is awarded to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s journal articles, “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.”

Rob Borkowski is a PBN contributing writer.