MelroseWakefield Hospital, a community leader in the treatment of stroke, has again earned The Joint Commission’s Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Re-certification.

The re-certification process is a rigorous review of care provided to stroke patients. The Joint Commission evaluates clinical standards, processes and staff knowledge in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients for the delivery of outstanding care.

“Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend MelroseWakefield Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

MelroseWakefield Hospital is a community leader in the treatment of stroke, and is a designated Primary Stroke Service hospital by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The hospital has also been named by Healthgrades as a top 100 Hospital for Stroke Care and is a past recipient of the prestigious Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program Defect-Free Care Award.

“When it comes to treating stroke, timing is extremely important,” said Steven Sbardella, MD, chief medical officer at MelroseWakefield Hospital. “When appropriate treatment is delivered quickly, there is a greater chance of reversing the effects of the stroke. Our team at MelroseWakefield Hospital takes great pride in consistently being among the regional leaders in beginning stroke treatment in the fastest times.”

“We congratulate MelroseWakefield Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

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