Ochsner Medical Center Achieves Comprehensive Stroke Center Accreditation By The Joint Commission

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.

In September 2012, The Joint Commission and the AHA/ASA launched Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. This new level of certification recognizes the significant resources in infrastructure, staff, and training that comprehensive stroke centers must have to provide state-of-the-art complex stroke care. During a rigorous onsite review, Joint Commission experts reviewed Ochsner’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including 24/7 availability of neurocritical care and other specialized treatments, advanced imaging capabilities, post-hospital care coordination, participation in stroke research and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

"By achieving this advanced certification, Ochsner Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Ochsner for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Ochsner Medical Center on its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification,” commented Mark J. Alberts, M.D., FAHA, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association spokesperson and incoming Vice-Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of strokes and cerebrovascular disease.”

“Ochsner is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care, which is evidenced through our innovative Stroke Central/Stroke Mobile care models and our statewide telestroke program,” said Joseph Bisordi, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health System. “We are extremely proud of the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification which highlights that commitment to quality.”

“To achieve certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission is a recognition that demonstrates the commitment our team at Ochsner has to be the best and provide the best care in our region for neurovascular diseases like stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage and subarachnoid hemorrhage,” said Gabriel Vidal, M.D., vascular neurologist and neurointerventionalist, Ochsner Neuroscience Institute. “We are very proud of the hard work and dedication our team has shown. This once again shows that Ochsner is one of the best in the country for neurosciences care.”

Ochsner Medical Center’s neuroscience programs have received numerous accolades, including being ranked in the top 50 nationally by U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Additionally, Healthgrades named Ochsner among the Best 100 Hospitals in the Nation for Stroke Care, first in Louisiana for Treatment of Stroke and named Ochsner a recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence Award.

For more information on Ochsner’s stroke program or the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute, please visit ochsner.org/stroke or call 504-842-3980.

Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2005), and “Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers,” (Stroke, 2011), and on recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.

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


About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 17 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across 11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Joint Commission:
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit www.heart.org/myhospitals.

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