St. Catherine's Rehabilitation Hospital earned the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval ® for Stroke Rehabilitation Certification, after undergoing a rigorous on-site review this summer. The Gold Seal of Approval ® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective care. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with stroke-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed.
The certification system was established in 2002 and is awarded for a two year period, the Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:
* Compliance with consensus-based national standards
* Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
* An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities
"St. Catherine's Rehabilitation Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with Stroke," said Wendi J, Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. "We commend St. Catherine's Rehabiliation Hospital for becoming a leader in Stroke Rehabilitation care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for Stroke patients in the community."
"We are pleased and proud to receive The Gold Seal of Approval ® for Stroke rehabilitation. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that every patient that comes to St. Catherine's Rehabilitation Hospital receives the best possible care and achieves the highest possible medical and functional outcomes," commented Jaime Gonzalez, hospital administrator of St. Catherine's. "This certification provides us with an even stronger framework to continue our culture of excellence."