Stroke and Joint Replacement Programs Recognized

Duke Regional Hospital has been recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Certification as a Primary Stroke Center demonstrates the hospital’s program meets important performance standards known to improve outcomes for stroke patients.

In addition, Duke Regional’s Forward Motion Joint Replacement Program earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ by complying with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

Both programs were first honored with these distinctions in 2012. Certification lasts two years.

Duke Regional underwent a rigorous on-site review of both programs in January. A Joint Commission expert reviewed the stroke program’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting and using specific data to continually enhance care. An orthopedic Joint Commission surveyor evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of joint replacement patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“Participation in these reviews is voluntary. We take part to improve and validate the processes we follow to provide excellent care to our patients and their loved ones every day,” says Barbara Griffith, MD, chief medical officer. “Primary Stroke Center Certification and Joint Commission Certification of our Forward Motion Joint Replacement Program highlights our commitment to high quality care, and helps us improve care overall for our community.”

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