Pampa Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold
Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Acute
Stroke Ready Certification.
PRMC underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in 2018. During the
visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with
related certification standards including use of data to assess and continually
improve quality of care for stroke patients, suspected stroke patients
are assessed within 15 minute of arrival by a qualified practitioner,
diagnostic and laboratory testing is done quickly to facilitate administration
of IV thrombolytics in eligible patients and having transfer protocols
in place with a PSC or CSC for the continuation of stoke 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.
The Acute Stroke Ready Certification recognizes health care organizations
committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety
and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating
officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing
executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend PRMC for using certification
to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program
structure and management framework for stroke patients.”
“We congratulate PRMC for this outstanding achievement,” says
Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association.
“This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest
quality of care for stroke patients.”
Eligibility for the Stroke Certification included meeting various guidelines
including Neurology access 24/7 via in person or telemedicine, an acute
stroke team available 24/7 with the ability to be bedside in 15 minutes
and Emergency Department staff stroke education twice a year. Final approval
for the certification included an on-site initial certification visit
from a Joint Commission surveyor and requires a survey every two years
to ensure compliance.
For more information, please visit
The Joint Commission website.