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
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