Baton Rouge General Stroke Program Earns Advanced Certification

Baton Rouge, La. – Today, Baton Rouge General 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 Primary Stroke Centers. The certification was awarded for meeting the highest standards for the treatment of stroke patients, including speed of care and innovative procedures that prevent death and minimize brain damage.

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. Time is critical when someone is suffering a stroke, and immediate treatment at a Primary Stroke Center offers the best chance of survival and recovery. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.

"This achievement represents the culmination of a tremendous team effort,” said neurologist Dr. Steven Zuckerman. “Baton Rouge General is proud to offer state-of-the-art stroke care to give our patients the opportunity for a full recovery from a potentially devastating illness.

Stroke Program Coordinator Robin Stewart, BSN, RN, CEN, says education is a critical element of stroke care as well. “We take seriously our mission to educate the community,” she said. “To recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke by using the FAST system, and to call 911 as early as possible so that stroke patients have the best chance of recovery.”

Baton Rouge General underwent a rigorous onsite review to earn the certification. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

Earlier this year, Baton Rouge General was named #1 in Baton Rouge for major neuro-surgery by CareChex. In 2015, BRG was rated 5-stars by HealthGrades for the Treatment of Stroke and rated #1 by CareChex for Neurological Care in Baton Rouge. The hospital was also recently named one of the top hospitals in the country for patient safety and is the only hospital in Baton Rouge to receive a Hospital Safety Score of ‘A’ five years in a row.

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. For more information, visit here or call (225) 819-1161.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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