St. Thomas West Awarded Certification for Stroke Center

Dr. Frank Lafranchise

NASHVILLE, TN — Saint Thomas West Hospital today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval®and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

With this certification, Saint Thomas West Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

Saint Thomas West underwent a rigorous onsite review in March when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

“By achieving this advanced certification, Saint Thomas West has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Saint Thomas West for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Saint Thomas West on achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center certification,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Meeting the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification represents a commitment to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“Saint Thomas West is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Dr. Frank Lafranchise, medical director of the neuroscience program at Saint Thomas Health. “The certification provides us with the framework to create a culture of excellence.”

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