Baptist Medical Center Beaches Receives Advanced Primary Stroke Center Accreditation from Joint Commission
February 19, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Beaches has received accreditation from the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.
This accreditation means that Baptist Beaches continuously provides safe, high-quality stroke care, treatment and services, and follows the clinical practice guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The Joint Commission awarded the advanced certification in late January after an onsite review in November 2014.
“We are glad to be recognized for having the skills and technology in place to give stroke patients the immediate care they need,” said Baptist Beaches Hospital President Joe Mitrick. “Seconds can make a difference in preventing severe brain damage or death.”
Baptist Beaches has a dedicated stroke-focused program with neurologists available 24/7 to care for stroke patients. Within minutes of arrival, a neurologist will be at the patient’s bedside making decisions along with an emergency physician. Baptist Beaches has advanced imaging capabilities to diagnose stroke and an Emergency Room medical team with the proper training to administer tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting drug for patients who suffer an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain.
“Our Beaches team is fully trained and ready to receive, diagnose and treat patients with acute stroke,” said neurologist Casey Carrigan, MD, director of Baptist Beaches Stroke Center. “We have the expertise and technology for rapid stroke diagnosis and the ability to administer life-saving tPA, which can prevent devastating disability. On admission to the hospital, our tPA-treated patients receive one-on-one nursing care of the highest caliber while in our critical care unit.”
Patients who arrive at Baptist Beaches with severe ischemic strokes who do not respond to conventional intravenous tPA are transferred immediately to The Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. Similarly, patients with hemorrhagic strokes, caused by bleeding in the brain, will be immediately transferred as well.
“With one phone call, our Beaches medical team can arrange to have a patient transferred to Baptist Jacksonville immediately—either by LifeFlight or ambulance—to the Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center and an interventional team will be ready as soon as the patient arrives,” Mitrick said. “Baptist is the place to go for lifesaving stroke care.”