ALLEN, Texas – Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification.
The prestigious certification demonstrates the hospital’s expertise in treating stroke patients quickly and efficiently.
“It’s truly an honor to earn this certification, but the national recognition isn’t our primary motivation,” said Robert Palmer, Texas Health Allen’s Stroke Program coordinator. “Focusing on patients’ health and well-being is the driving factor behind our commitment to providing safe, quality care. Comprehensive care is just one important component to creating a lifelong connection with our community.”
Someone dies of stroke every 3 minutes and 30 seconds in the U.S., making it the No. 5 cause of death overall, according to the American Heart Association. It ranks as the No. 5 cause of death in Texas as well.
Texas Health Allen has focused on the needs of the Allen area for more than 20 years. As the city of 104,000 residents continues to grow, so does the likelihood of treating more high-acuity stroke patients. “This certification demonstrates our willingness and capability to care for individuals when they arrive at our door,” said Amanda Thrash, president of Texas Health Allen.
“Whether patients require emergency care or rehabilitation after a stroke, Texas Health Allen’s multidisciplinary team of caregivers is committed to helping individuals get back to enjoying life as quickly as possible.”
The certification also recognizes healthcare organizations that provide clinical programs for stroke patients and evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.
Established in 2003, the Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification is awarded every two years to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The prestigious designation is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care.
Texas Health Allen also earned Primary Stroke Facility (Level III) designation by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The two-year designation is based on the same guidelines and standards as those for The Joint Commission certification.
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About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.