Rio Grande Regional Hospital awarded Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission

Cristina Rivera, Chief Executive Officer at Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH) would like to congratulate the dedicated team of healthcare professionals who once again received national recognition for their continued commitment to the care and improvement of human life. Recently, RGRH earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart – Check Mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Certification.

Rio Grande Regional Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review by The Joint Commission.  The Joint Commission, also known as TJC, seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s longest standing and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. TJC standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.

During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including stroke program management, stroke patient education and self-management, and facilitating optimal stroke patient clinical care. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Rio Grande Regional Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

“We congratulate Rio Grande Regional 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.”