Methodist Hospitals has been awarded Primary Stroke Certification by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority. It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s stroke program.
“Methodist Hospitals has proven their dedication in achieving excellence in stroke care” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. “Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability. Providing patients who have suffered a stroke with a continuum of care that is prompt and effective can have a positive effect on the quality of their lives in the future.”
“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious distinction,” said Ian McFadden, CEO of Methodist Hospitals. “Receiving this certification by HFAP is another step in our continuous commitment to be the leader in providing specialty services in Northwest Indiana. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians and employees.”
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and receiving comprehensive care quickly is critical to the treatment of a stroke. Methodist’s commitment to the highest level of stroke care possible is demonstrated by both its processes and its investment in technology such as the biplane cath lab, which is considered the Gold Standard for Neurovascular Intervention,” said Sanjeev Maniar, MD, Medical Director, Stroke Program.
Methodist Hospitals has long been a leader in stroke care for Northwest Indiana. It has received HealthGrades’ Stroke Care Excellence Award for six consecutive years, a distinction achieved by only 10% of the nation’s hospitals. Methodist Hospitals also recently received the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award.
The HFAP stroke certification program has based its standards on evidence from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Heart/Stroke Association. These standards are requirements to provide hospitals with the tools for education and support regarding stroke prevention, care and recovery within their communities.
The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information, go to: www.hfap.org.
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