Baptist South awarded certification as a Primary Stroke Center

Baptist Medical Center South is proud to announce its recognition by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, making the hospital the first and only certified stroke center in Central Alabama. During the recent on-site survey by The Joint Commission, Baptist Medical Center South received a perfect score in meeting all requirements of the designation.    

“This certification signifies Baptist Medical Center South’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients and demonstrates that our program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients,” said Robin Barca, chief executive officer of Baptist Medical Center South. “I am very proud of the dedication and hard work our physicians and staff have made in achieving this deserved and outstanding accomplishment.”  

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Baptist Medical Center South 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 Baptist Medical Center South 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.  

“Baptist Medical Center South is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Stephen Suggs, M.D., FAHA, medical director of the Neuro Hospitalist Program at Baptist Medical Center South. “In addition to The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”  

Baptist Medical Center South 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 for two years. “Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Baptist Medical Center South 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,” said Barca.  

Earlier this year, Baptist Medical Center South also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. The Primary Stroke Center at Baptist Medical Center South is the only facility in the area that has a board certified vascular neurologist on staff.  

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. When it comes to care and treatment – time matters. To learn more about risk factor, signs and symptoms visit the Primary Stroke Center website.