Stroke Center at BIDMC Awarded Advanced Certification

Lindsey Diaz-MacInnis 617-667-7372, ldiaz2@bidmc.harvard.edu

MAY 22, 2018

BOSTON – The Stroke Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) 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 Comprehensive Stroke Centers. With this certification, the Comprehensive Stroke Center at BIDMC joins an elite group of health care organizations recognized for their focus on highly-specialized stroke care. 

“BIDMC is thrilled to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as it’s a reflection of the extraordinary care we’re committed to providing our patients,” said Magdy Selim, MD, Director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

BIDMC’s stroke center underwent a rigorous two-day onsite review when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements. To be eligible for The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements such as advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients. 

"By achieving this advanced certification, BIDMC has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends BIDMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.” 

BIDMC’s stroke center, which was among the first wave of primary stroke centers to be certified by the Massachusetts Department of Health in 2005, offers patients immediate access to a team of stroke specialists who are renowned for unique research in areas such as acute stroke treatment and imaging, brain recovery, brain aneurysms, and intracerebral hemorrhage (bleeding inside the brain). Its TeleNet: Stroke service offers participating community hospitals around-the-clock access to direct and immediate video consultation with BIDMC’s stroke neurology experts. 

In addition, BIDMC's stroke support groups offer patients, their families and caregivers opportunities to learn from the BIDMC medical team and each other about living with the effects of a stroke. Each meeting includes presentations from the Boston medical community about emerging stroke research and positive changes patients can make to enhance post-stroke recovery.

“The stroke center here at BIDMC has gone above and beyond to ensure the highest quality and safest care for our patients – day in and day out,” said Jillian Tellier, RN, Comprehensive Stroke Program Clinical Coordinator at BIDMC. “This certification provides us with the framework to create a true culture of excellence.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. 

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates BIDMC on achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center certification,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Meeting the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification represents a commitment to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.” 

 

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, MetroWest Medical Center, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit www.bidmc.org.

 

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit www.heart.org/myhospital