The Joint Commission, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association Certification, Meets standards for Acute Stroke Ready HospitalFollowing an evaluation of performance standards, Colleton Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark as a Certified Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.

Colleton Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review on Monday, May 23. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including early identification and rapid treatment of stroke/stroke symptoms, program management, patient/family education, and the delivery of related acute care. The collaborative relationship between the hospital and Colleton County Fire Rescue was also recognized for its efforts to expedite the care provided in the field and upon arrival to the Emergency Department. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“I want to commend our team for their dedication to providing the highest quality of compassionate care,” said Jimmy Hiott, Colleton Medical Center CEO. “Earning the Acute Stroke Ready Certification is a direct result of the stellar work Team Colleton does every day to care for our community like family.”

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

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