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June 25, 2013

Billings Clinic Awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission

Billings, MT— The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Billings Clinic with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Billings Clinic’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Billings Clinic underwent a rigorous on-site review in June 2013. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Billings Clinic’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 Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Billings Clinic has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Billings Clinic for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.” Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

“We are honored to once again be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission,” says Steven D. Arbogast, DO, neurologist at Billings Clinic. “Being recognized for this achievement demonstrates our commitment to excellence in our stroke program and reinforces that we’re delivering the highest level of care to our community.”

Billings Clinic will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and the Heart-Check mark signifies that Billings Clinic is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Associations Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.



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