Orange Park Medical Center October 13, 2014

Orange Park, FL – The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Orange Park Medical Center again with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Orange Park Medical Center’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. Orange Park Medical Center is the only Primary Stroke Center in Clay County.

Orange Park Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in August 2013. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Orange Park Medical Center’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, Orange Park Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Orange Park Medical Center 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. Orange Park Medical Center has been awarded this certification since 2009.

“Orange Park Medical Center is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Chad Patrick, CEO. “In addition to our The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”

Orange Park Medical Center will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Orange Park Medical Center is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org.