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AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet earns advanced certification

1/22/2019, 6:42 p.m.
AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet has received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare, an ...

AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet has received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare, an international accrediting body for healthcare facilities. AMITA Health Saint Joseph is one of only five hospitals in Illinois to have received this level of advanced certification for the care of stroke from DNV GL Healthcare. According to DNV GL, Comprehensive Stroke Centers represent the most advanced stroke treatment available in a given geographic area.

This designation means the clinicians at AMITA Health Saint Joseph have proven their efforts in caring for stroke patients and exceed the patient safety standards, best practice policies and procedures and meet target volumes set forth by DNV GL, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Stroke Association. The emphasis placed on deploying a disciplined management system and relevant clinical best practices sets DNV GL certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers apart from other programs.

Patients suspected of experiencing a stroke are immediately evaluated and treated by the AMITA Health Saint Joseph stroke team, which includes emergency department physicians and clinicians, neurosurgeons and endovascular physicians available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide the best, most efficient care for the best results.

Certification by DNV GL Healthcare as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is based on standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, affirming the certified organizations address the full spectrum of stroke care-diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and patient education-and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. When it comes to stroke, patients need quality clinicians, resources and extreme efficiency, due to the time-critical nature of the condition, said Robert Erickson, president and CEO of the medical center.