July 10, 2018
Medical City Arlington 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 Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.
“Medical City Arlington is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Keith Zimmerman, CEO of Medical City Arlington. “This certification allows us to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”
The American Stroke Association recommends stroke patients receive medication to dissolve a stroke-causing blood clot within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital. While the U.S average is 30%, about 80% of stroke patients have been treated at Medical City Arlington within the recommended timeframe. Medical City Arlington is the only hospital in the Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie area able to perform a thrombectomy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows a fellowship-trained endovascular specialist to remove a blood clot in the brain or stop bleeding in order to avoid or reduce the damage caused by stroke. Medical City Arlington has 24/7 coverage by neuro-intensivists and treated more than 400 stroke patients in 2017.
Medical City Arlington underwent a rigorous onsite review by Joint Commission experts that evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Medical City Arlington has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Medical City Arlington for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
“We congratulate Medical City Arlington for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Medical City Arlington has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
Stroke is the number four 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.