Eisenhower Medical Center is certified by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Programs applying for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Disease Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations. Quality Reports for Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Centers are available on the Quality Check website. In addition, Eisenhower holds a designation of Interventional Stroke Receiving Center for Riverside County, CA.

Eisenhower's Stroke Program Continues to Earn Top Marks

Eisenhower Medical Center's Stroke Program has earned advanced recertification of its primary stroke center by The Joint Commission, earning the distinction after The Joint Commission's recent on-site review. Eisenhower's 2009 certification was the first in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Additionally, the Riverside County EMS Agency (REMSA) designated Eisenhower Medical Center as an "Interventional Stroke Receiving Center" - the highest status possible.

"The Joint Commission's recertification and the REMSA designation underscore the incredible teamwork and clinical excellence of physicians, nurses, staff and administration," Ann Mostofi, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services.

To receive designation as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Eisenhower participated in a rigorous application process and submitted data on stroke admissions, treatment plans and outcomes.

"We've gained a lot of experience during the last five years because our service line has so much depth," says Deborah Bayer, BSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN, Stroke Coordinator, Eisenhower Medical Center. "We've created protocols and put processes in place that result in high quality outcomes. The numbers we submitted to The Joint Commission have all been nearly perfect in the last quarter, which is unheard of. We added Stroke Nurse Practitioner Carol Marietta, RN, NP-C to our team and she has increased our ability to provide exceptional care because of her background in Intensive Care."

The combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, interventional neuroradiologists, hospitalists, nurse practitioners, emergency physicians and specialty-trained nurses - all trained to assess acute ischemic stroke, helped meet the strict national standards for providing safe, high-quality care to stroke patients.

"Not every hospital provides this level of care," explains Sue Effinger, RN, MSN/MHA, Director, Neurological Care Unit, Eisenhower Medical Center. "We have stroke neurologists, three interventional radiologists, and neurosurgeons on call, which means we can provide comprehensive, specialized care for stroke patients 24/7. The result is immediate diagnosis and treatment during a critical window of time."

"The REMSA surveyor spoke very highly of the Stroke Team's multidisciplinary process, collaboration and passion for excellence that was apparent with each person she met," says Maureen Reiley, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Quality Manager, Eisenhower Medical Center. "She noted that patients are at the center of Eisenhower's care and recognized multiple "best practices" that she intends to share with other facilities.

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