Published: February 8, 2012
Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, renewing its certification for the third straight time. MTMC earned this distinction after The Joint Commission conducted an on-site review.
“In stroke care time is brain,” said Jean E. Range, executive director of disease-specific care certification for The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, MTMC has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
“We’re proud to achieve this distinction again, which recognizes our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community,” said Gordon B. Ferguson, president and CEO of MTMC. “We voluntarily seek this additional certification. It’s an opportunity to further advance our care processes and treatment protocols for stroke care.”
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 and 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.qualitycheck.org.