Texas Health Dallas Recognized for High-Level Stroke Care
05/25/2010

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been recognized as an accredited stroke center by The Joint Commission, the country’s top non-profit agency for the hospital accreditations. Certification as a stroke center allows Texas Health Dallas to participate in the Dallas Area Stroke Network, which sends stroke patients to hospitals that have met the commission’s high standards for stroke care.

Connie Chen, M.D., and Karen Sacks, R.N.
“This milestone achievement recognizes the work of everyone involved in our stroke program, including nurses and physicians on the medical staff and other caregivers from various disciplines. They have dedicated themselves to providing the highest standards of care for stroke patients,” said Dr. Connie Chen, director of Texas Health Dallas’ stroke program and a neurologist on the hospital’s medical staff. “The entire hospital can take pride in this designation, which recognizes our commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding the commission’s stringent guidelines for stroke care.”

To earn this disease-specific certification in stroke, hospitals must pass the initial site survey and submit specific quality measures to The Joint Commission quarterly. A repeat on-site review is required every two years. The distinction recognizes the level of care provided to stroke patients at the hospital and the program’s commitment to quality improvement.

“We’re proud to provide high-quality, evidence-based care to stroke patients,” said Dr. Richard Hinton, chair of neurology at Texas Health Dallas and a neurologist on the hospital’s medical staff. “The certification is a reflection of our hospital’s commitment to a robust neurosciences program aimed at treating neurological diseases and conditions that afflict people in North Texas and throughout the region.”

The Joint Commission’s recent visit included an evaluation of the hospital’s approach to stroke care, including its compliance with national standards, care providers’ use of established clinical practice guidelines, and the level of performance measurement and improvement activities used to ensure high-quality patient care.

The survey process also looked at the level of stroke education provided to clinical staff who potentially care for stroke patients, reviewed physician education records and conducted both patient and staff interviews.

“We were thrilled with the positive response and feedback during our initial site survey,” said Karen Sacks, R.N., NP, stroke program coordinator at Texas Health Dallas. “The surveyor had no recommendations for follow up actions. She was impressed with our program and multidisciplinary approach to patient care. The patient interview also reflected very positively on the care that we provide.”

According to The Joint Commission, other program strengths included:

  • Community education programs
  • Team approach to Rapid evaluation and treatment of stroke patients
  • Stroke-specific education for clinical staff hospital-wide
  • A well-organized and effective performance improvement process
  • Specific process improvement goals identified
  • Good administrative support

“There have been great advances in the diagnosis and treatment of all varieties of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, but it continues to cause disability and death at an alarming rate,” said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., president of Texas Health Dallas. “Our mission is to improve the lives of people in North Texas suffering from these conditions by providing compassionate, quality care, using the latest technologies.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.