Bon Secours Virginia Health System recently announced that Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center has been certified as a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is the nation’s pre-eminent standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Only the nation’s highest-rated programs receive this certification.
The prestigious designation comes after a comprehensive on-site review in which Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center was judged on its ability to meet strict national guidelines and improve outcomes of patients with a diagnosis of stroke.
“This designation is yet another affirmation of the commitment of our physicians and staff to provide high-quality care,” said Michael K. Kerner, the CEO of Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. “Our goal is to not only provide comprehensive stroke care but also comprehensive neuroscience services to our region.”
In order to achieve this designation, Bon Secours organized a team of physicians, nurses and ancillary staff to plan, implement, monitor and improve the standards of care and treatment of patients who suffer a stroke. The team worked with the hospital’s emergency department and community to ensure that stroke symptoms are quickly identified and that treatments are promptly implemented.
“Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death, and the leading cause of disability each year in the United States,” said Armistead Williams, MD, a neurologist and the stroke medical director for the Neuroscience Center at Bon Secours DePaul. “Acting quickly can make the difference between life or death and between temporary symptoms or permanent disability.”
At DePaul’s emergency department, patients with stroke symptoms are seen within minutes by highly trained specialists who immediately begin to make important treatment decisions. Bon Secours DePaul Stroke Center features a neurological intensive care unit with the most advanced treatment protocols available and specialized nurses dedicated to caring for patients who have suffered a stroke.
Bon Secours DePaul joins the ranks of other Bon Secours Virginia Health System facilities (Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, in Portsmouth; the emergency department at Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View, in Suffolk; Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, in Richmond; Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, Memorial Regional Medical Center, in Mechanicsville, and Richmond Community Hospital, in Richmond) to comprise the state’s largest certified stroke network.