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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Livingston and Saline hospitals Named Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission
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Of only 28 certified stroke centers in the state, three St. Joe hospitals recognized

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor (SJMAA), Livingston (SJML) and Saline (SJMS) hospitals, members of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS), have earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. St. Joseph Mercy Saline (SJMS) has been recognized for the first time. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, also of SJMHS, was recognized as well.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program – the nation’s first – in 2003.

“These hospitals demonstrated that their stroke care programs follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We’re proud to achieve the distinction,” says Dr. Susan Hickenbottom, medical director, St. Joseph Mercy Stroke Program. “Receiving this Primary Stroke Center Certification confirms our commitment to providing state of the art stroke care in addition to focusing on the importance of community education and support groups for survivors and caregivers.”

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Livingston and Saline’s stroke programs bring together specially trained doctors, nurses and therapists to provide comprehensive stroke care. Every patient receives evidence based, consistent and equitable care. Comprehensive rehabilitation services are available as soon as a patient is medically stabilized. The stroke programs focus on supporting the community by providing life-saving stroke service access to patients and their families. SJMAA, SJML and SJMS work closely with the community to decrease incidents of stroke through stroke awareness and support services.

This established culture of excellence in stroke care enables SJMAA, SJML and SJMS to provide a remarkable patient experience and ensure that the highest level of care is being provided to all patients. The hospitals have received Primary Stroke Center Certification because this high standard of care can be provided.

“It is very exciting to have four of the 28 Certified Primary Stroke Centers in Michigan from Saint Joseph Mercy Health System,” says Kimberly Gray, nurse and stroke program coordinator and system performance improvement leader, Ortho/Neuro & Rehab department, SJMHS. “We are devoted to continuously advancing our life saving treatments and providing patients with the excellent care and support that they deserve. We aim to nurture our patients in body, mind and spirit with proper medical care, education and support within their community.”

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