Published on April 11, 2017

Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval Awarded to Nash UNC Health Care

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

In November of 2016, Nash UNC Health Care announced the hospital system had been named an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission; now the hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the AHA/ASA Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. To earn these prestigious certifications Nash UNC Health Care underwent a 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.

Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission said, “Hospitals earning the Gold Seal of Approval have demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.”. “We commend Nash UNC Health Care for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

Nancy Brown, chief executive officer with the American Heart Association/American Heart Association added, “We congratulate Nash UNC Health Care for achieving this designation. By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, this hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high-quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“We are very pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the AHA/ASA,” said Larry Chewning, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care. “This 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.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. 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.

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