DRMC Awarded Advanced Recertification for Primary Stroke Centers

June 20, 2016

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) announced that it has once again 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. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 


DRMC underwent a rigorous onsite review in April 2016.  Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. 
 

“DRMC has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment to the care of stroke patients by achieving Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi Roberts, RN, MS, TNS, CLNC, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “We commend DRMC for being a leader in the identification, intervention and treatment of stroke care for patients. Certified primary stroke centers consistently set a higher standard of care for stroke patients in their communities.”
 

“We congratulate DRMC for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines DRMC has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
 

“DRMC is pleased to receive Advanced Recertification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Alan Larson, Market President and DRMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “The recertification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we continue to provide as we strive to advance our care even further.” 


Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).


Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.