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Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe Medical Center First to Receive Primary Stroke Center Certification in Northeast Louisiana

MONROE, La. – Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Center Certification.

Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on March 25, 2022. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including stoke program management and delivering and facilitating stroke clinical care.

Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center received notification on April 4, 2022, of its certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

“Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center’s commitment to continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Dr. Michael O’Neal, Chief Medical Officer. “This certification shows the excellence of our stroke program and is indicative of the care our stroke patients receive. The golden hour is extremely important for stroke patients because receiving care quickly is a major factor in a positive outcome.”

Primary Stroke Centers must meet rigorous criteria and commitment of resources, including:

  • Acute stroke care team available 24/7 and at bedside within 15 minutes.
  • Stroke unit or designated beds for the acute care of stroke patients.
  • CT, MRI, labs available 24/7.
  • Neurologist availability 24/7 through in-person or telemedicine methods.
  • Stroke patients receive excellent care from a cohesive clinical team.
  • Demonstrate commitment to a higher standard of clinical practice.

“We are extremely excited to have gained this outstanding achievement at the Ochsner LSU Health – Monroe Medical Center,” says Mark Randolph Chief Executive Officer. “This certification reflects our commitment to the highest possible quality of care for our stroke patients. I would like to thank our stroke team for their hard work and dedication to our patients.”


About Ochsner LSU Health

On Oct. 1, 2018, Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) and LSU Health Shreveport jointly formed Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport to oversee and coordinate activities between the health sciences center and the healthcare delivery system in Shreveport and Monroe, La. Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport has a vision to improve health and well-being of its communities, access to care, quality, and facilities, expand patient-centered technology, grow the medical school, and enhance research in North Louisiana by building on the strengths of Ochsner and LSU Health Shreveport (LSUHS). Under this structure, Ochsner brings nationally recognized expertise to the management of operations for partner hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, clinics and the clinical activity of the LSUHS Faculty Group. LSU continues to oversee the LSUHS School of Medicine, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, Graduate Medical Education, and research initiatives.

Ochsner LSU Health is a three-hospital system that includes North Louisiana’s only Level 1 Trauma Center at its 407-bed hospital and a 122-bed hospital with women's and children's services in Shreveport, La. The organization also operates a 244-bed hospital in Monroe, La. With more than 4,600 employees and the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Physician Group of approximately 500 physicians in more than 70 specialties and subspecialties, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport serves more than 140,000 patients with more than 625,000 visits annually.