Springfield Regional Medical Center. Bill Lackey/Staff

Mercy Health - Springfield earns recognition for stroke treatment

Mercy Health — Springfield has received a high honor from the American Heart Association for their treatment of stroke patients.

Springfield Regional Medical Center 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 Primary Stroke Centers, according to an announcement by Mercy Health — Springfield.

“Seconds count when someone is having a stroke. We recognize that and have dedicated ourselves to earning this certification, which highlights the exceptional stroke care we provide to our community,” said Adam Groshans, Interim President of Mercy Health — Springfield. “I thank our care team for the hard work that went into earning it for the benefit of our patients and their loved ones.”

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Springfield Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review earlier this year, according to a news release from the hospital. Joint Commission experts evaluated the hospital’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvements.

The Joint Commission accredits more than 20,500 organizations worldwide and focuses on continually improving health care by setting the highest standard for health care quality in the world, according to their website.

“We congratulate Mercy Health for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer for the American Health Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Springfield Regional Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

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Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Hearth 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.

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