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.