Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South announced that it has earned the Advanced Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission, which recognizes facilities that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.
During their rigorous onsite review, Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. Achievement of certification signifies that the services provided to stroke patients have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.
"The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further," said Donielle Halvorsen, RN, stroke program coordinator. "We have made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke."
In demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards and performance measurement expectations, the recognition signals that the quality care provided is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.
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.
"In the case of a stroke, getting to a hospital rapidly with the first sign of stroke symptoms will lead to a better recovery," Halvorsen continued. "FAST is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of a stroke, which will determine how quickly someone will receive help and treatment."
The Warning Signs of a Stroke: FAST
F stands for Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A stands for Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S stands for Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
T stands for Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Advanced Certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association. It is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers."