Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission

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Certification recognizes commitment to highest level of care for stroke patients

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Florida Hospital Zephyrhills with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Joint Commission certification demonstrates that Florida Hospital Zephyrhills’ Primary Stroke Center improves outcomes for stroke patients. Long term success for patients happen when consistent, tailored care is delivered based on best-practice guidelines, information is available to providers whether in the ER or Clinic or rehab facility, and when patients are empowered to make decisions in their care and can self-manage during their recovery.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2012 to ensure 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 quality data and using it for performance improvement activities. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals in the United States, only 20% have achieved The Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills 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 Florida Hospital Zephyrhills 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.

“Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality care possible,” said Doug Duffield, President & CEO of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. “Following The Joint Commission protocols ensures that we are utilizing the latest medical research and applying clinical best practices in the care and treatment of our patients with stroke.”

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

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About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, the largest health care provider in the state. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has an award-winning Heart Institute and is the only Tampa Bay Area Hospital to receive the 2010 HealthGrades Excellence Award for Coronary Intervention. The only nationally accredited chest pain center in East Pasco County, the Heart Institute is also one of only ten nationally accredited heart failure hospitals in the country. In 2012 Florida Hospital Zephyrhills launched a comprehensive Neuroscience Institute to immediately respond to acute strokes and provide brain surgery, spine surgery and minimally invasive neuro-interventions. The hospital offers robotic partial knee replacement through its Orthopaedic Institute. It also offers emergency services, surgical services, obstetrics and the Simpson Breast Health Center. Visit http://www.fhzeph.org for more information.

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at http://www.jointcommission.org.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

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