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Jones Memorial Hospital awarded Primary Stroke Certification from The Joint Commission


JMH earns “Gold Seal of Approval”

Celebrating the recertification of Jones Memorial Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center are, left, Sandra Watkins, MS RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services; Mona Carbone, Jones Memorial’s Stroke Coordinator; and Jim Helms, CEO at Jones. The hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Checkmark for Primary Stroke Certification.

WELLSVILLE, NY (January 30, 2023) – After a rigorous, unannounced on-site review, Jones Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Certification.

“This was a team effort and congratulations go to everyone involved,” said Jones President/CEO Jim Helms, noting that the review involved Jones staff and local EMS squads. “In 2019, the Commissioner of Health in New York State began delegating the review of stroke certifications to nationally recognized accrediting organizations. We chose to work with The Joint Commission as our hospital maintains accreditation with this organization and this was a significant change for the teams. This certification demonstrates a team effort across organizations and the use of healthcare industry standards for every stroke patient.”

According to Jones stroke coordinator Mona Carbone, the hospital certified as a New York State Primary Stroke Center since 2015. “The Joint Commission Primary Stroke certification is designed for hospitals providing the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes,” she said.

During the review on November 23, 2022, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including quality standards from patient arrival to the hospital through the course of care and rehabilitation, EMS care, patient and community education, program management and maintenance. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewer also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

Sandra Watkins, MS RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Jones, also offered her congratulations to everyone involved in the successful review. “Achieving Primary Stroke Center Certification means our hospital, EMS and community are making exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes,” she said. “It’s a commitment to our community the quality of care we provide meets the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.”

“Primary Stroke Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Deborah Ryan, MS, RN, executive vice president, Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “We commend Jones Memorial Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate Jones Memorial Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

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