Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South receive Women’s Choice Award for stroke care
October 29, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center South are recipients of the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Stroke Centers.
“We are very pleased to receive this award as it is a reflection of the commitment of our physicians and team members to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients in a compassionate and caring environment,” said Michael Mayo, Baptist Jacksonville hospital president.
“We are always excited to receive a prestigious award like the Women’s Choice Award for our Stroke Center,” added Ron Robinson, Baptist South hospital president. “The award is indicative of the efforts of many to create a great environment for the care of stroke patients in North Florida.”
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of adult disability, according to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Every 40 seconds, someone will suffer a stroke, resulting in more than 795,000 affected annually, with more than 137,000 deaths. One in three women will die of heart disease or stroke.
“Excellence in stroke care requires the coordination and effort of dozens of professionals across many different disciplines,” said Ricardo Hanel, MD, PhD, neurovascular surgeon and director of the Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Jacksonville. “This award is a superb recognition of our commitment to providing the best care possible for stroke patients in our region.”
“Our aim is to provide exceptional care to the community we serve by maintaining high standards of care for all patients. Our multidisciplinary team works to continuously improve care and treatment of individuals based on their specific needs,” added Eric Sauvageau, MD, neurovascular surgeon and director of the Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center with Dr. Hanel.
Hospitals earning the 2015 America's Best Stroke Centers Award must be certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. In addition to the Joint Commission Accreditation, only hospitals with a recommendation rating above the national average will receive the Women's Choice Award.
“We take great pride in ensuring, through planned and coordinated team efforts, that patients presenting with stroke-like symptoms are seen immediately by our team of expert neurologists, endovascular neurosurgeons, and clinicians at multiple levels,” added Mindy S. Grall, PhD, ARNP-BC, director of the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Program for Baptist Health.
The Women’s Choice Award is the only credential that integrates clinical excellence and consumer experience to provide women, the family’s “Chief Health Officers,” the ability to make the best health care decisions for their families. This credential signifies Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South’s commitment and passion towards an extraordinary health care experience for women and all patients, according to Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.
Audrey Moran, Baptist Health’s senior vice president of Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy and the executive lead for the Women’s Health Strategy at Baptist Health, added,
“Baptist Health is committed to being the provider of choice for women and their families in Northeast Florida. This award is a wonderful recognition of the high quality, personalized care that women receive at our hospitals.”
To receive advanced certification, stroke centers must meet requirements that include:
- Using a standardized method of delivering care
- Supporting patient self-management activities
- Tailoring treatment and intervention to individual needs
- Promoting the flow of patient information across settings and providers, while protecting patient rights, security and privacy
- Analyzing and using standardized performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans
- Demonstrating compliance with clinical practice guidelines published by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
In addition, publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and patient recommendation ratings data were included when assessing each hospital’s clinical performance.
“We congratulate these hospitals and their dedication to education, prevention, and early intervention to reduce the devastating effects of stroke,” added Sharyn S. Lee, president of the Women’s Choice Award Healthcare Division.