PRESTONSBURG – Earlier in the month, Highlands became the first hospital in the state to be recognized as an acute stroke ready facility by DNV Healthcare, one of the leading accrediting agencies in the United States. Acute Stroke Ready Facilities are recognized for establishing evidence based processes that ensure the finest care to patients experiencing an acute stroke.
Highlands recently underwent a rigorous onsite review where DNV experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.
“At Highlands, we strive for the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients,” said Bud Warman, President & CEO, Highlands Health System. “We are incredibly proud of this achievement and our ability to better meet the needs of the region.”
The certification of Comprehensive Stroke Care ensures that a hospital can provide the services necessary for treatment of stroke patients. Certification involves a rigorous two-day survey, during which the program’s quality and care requirement are reviewed. In some states, including Kentucky, the level of certification determines where EMS providers will transport patients for the most appropriate medical care within state guidelines.
As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors will visit Highlands annually to monitor the hospital’s adherence to patient safety criteria established by CMS and to evaluate processes that impact patient care across various departments and facilities of the hospital.
Stroke is the number fourth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.