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June 13, 2017
The Peninsula’s Only Certified Stroke Center gets Gold from the American Heart Association
Harrison Medical Center, the Peninsula’s only Certified Primary Stroke Center, has earned the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality achievement award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite.
To qualify for the award, hospitals must meet specific stroke quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment. Harrison Medical Center earned this honor by meeting seventeen specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a consecutive 24 month period.
The American Heart Association award follows the recent certification of Harrison Medical Center as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Primary Stroke Center Certification is designated upon a rigorous onsite review where Joint Commission experts evaluate compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.
“By the time I finish this sentence, someone in America will have suffered a stroke,” said Dr. William Morris, Director for Emergency Services at Harrison Medical Center. “Strokes in the US occur every 40 seconds and they take a life every four minutes. A Certified Stroke Center right here on the Peninsula means our patients receive the most advance care in the quickest amount of time – which saves lives.”
Primary Stroke Center Certification indicates that a hospital can expertly care for the mildest strokes up to devastating and life threatening occurrences. Patients can therefore be cared for on-site reducing the need for risky and costly transfers to other facilities.
“The Peninsula is growing and CHI Franciscan Health is committed to meeting medical needs of the community, “said David Schultz, Market president for the Peninsula Region at CHI Franciscan Health. “The way we meet these needs is by exceeding the standards for high quality care at an affordable price and ensuring that everyone who needs great care receives it.”
“Stroke is the number five cause of death in the US, and the number one cause of permanent disability. It is a significant public health challenge to solve, “said Joe Schweiger, with Kitsap County EMS. “A local Primary Stroke Center is an important tool in our toolbox to keep the Peninsula safe and healthy.”
To learn more about CHI Franciscan Health’s stroke treatment visit www.chifranciscan.org/strokecare.
About CHI Franciscan Health
CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with $2.6 billion in net revenue and a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and approximately 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500 including more than 800 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and women’s care. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $10 million in charity care.