Lawrence General Hospital Awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission

October 26, 2023
Lawrence General Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and both the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Center Certification.
Lawrence General Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review by The Joint Commission, the healthcare industry's pre-eminent accrediting body, on October 3, 2023. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards, including timeliness of stroke treatment, compliance with established stroke care guidelines, and stroke center organization and protocols. The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewers also conducted on-site observations and interviews.
“Primary Stroke Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend Lawrence General Hospital for using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher quality and more compassionate care for individuals served.”
“We congratulate Lawrence General 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.”
“In awarding us Primary Stroke Center Certification, The Joint Commission has provided us with the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional stroke care we provide to our patients and our commitment to the well-being of our community and surrounding communities,” said Robin Hynds, MSN, RN, CPHM, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence General Hospital. “It is through remarkable teamwork and collaboration that we continue to enhance our services.”