Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center

National Certification Recognizes Hospitals for High Quality Stroke Care

Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner (108 W. Esplanade) has 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.

“Our number one priority is the overall wellbeing of our community. We are so humbled to be recognized for our ongoing work with stroke care and our team’s unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of the patients and families we serve every single day,” said Stephen Robinson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner.

“Every moment matters during a stroke, so it’s critically important to act fast. Having access to high quality stroke care just around the corner from your house is an incredible resource. We are truly passionate about providing the best stroke care possible for the people of Kenner and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Ross McCarron, Medical Director, Stroke Care Program, Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner.

To qualify for this honor, Ochsner underwent a rigorous onsite review by Joint Commission. Ochsner’s stroke program was evaluated based on its compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements. The hospital’s management of its stroke program, including the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement were also assessed.

Launched in 2003, the designation is reserved for Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals and awarded for a two-year period. This certification is based off of 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). The two symbols associated with the certification – The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark – are widely associated with quality stroke care.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Ochsner’s multidisciplinary approach to stroke care encompasses inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation and includes an innovative at home follow-up education program that decreases the rates of stroke recurrence and readmission.

Ochsner partners with more than 58 participating hospitals throughout Louisiana and Mississippi in a unique Telestroke Program. This program enables experts from both facilities to consult immediately with Ochsner vascular neurologists 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, using telemedicine equipment to determine the best treatment options for stroke patients.

For more information about stroke care at Ochsner, please visit www.ochsner.org/stroke or call 504-842-3980. For more information about Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner, please visit www.ochsner.org/kenner or call 504-468-8600.

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