Rowan recertified as stroke center
SALISBURY — Rowan Regional Medical Center has been recertified as a primary stroke center for two more years.
The hospital recently completed a bi-annual survey by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations in the United States.
Hospitals must undergo the recertification process every two years to remain a certified primary stroke center. Rowan Regional was last awarded primary stroke center designation in 2009.
“Rowan Regional Medical Center’s stroke center features specialized care for patients who have suffered a stroke and the most advanced treatment protocols that significantly expand the window of treatment time,” hospital President Dari Caldwell said in a statement.
“Patients who arrive at RRMC’s emergency department with stroke symptoms are seen within minutes by highly trained specialists who immediately begin to make important treatment decisions — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The primary stroke center designation is based on compliance with national standards, effective use of established clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, as well as performance measurement and improvement activities.
“The Joint Commission guidelines for the care of the stroke patients are extremely stringent,” Caldwell said. “Retaining our primary stroke center certification is indicative of the excellent care we continue to provide for our patients.”
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