JCAHO Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke
Stroke Center Receives the JCAHO Gold Seal of Approval™ and Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke
The Stroke Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ and achieved Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). It is the only hospital in the region to achieve this certification.
The Joint Commission has more than 50 years' experience in evaluating clinical care quality in all types of health care settings. JCAHO standards are regarded as the most rigorous in the industry.
To earn and maintain certification, the Stroke Center embarked on an extensive on-site review by JCAHO professionals to assure the deployment of rapid-response stroke treatment teams; the operation of designated inpatient stroke care units staffed by qualified stroke caregivers; the use of comprehensive, written stroke care protocols; the existence of an integrated system for managing stroke patients; compliance with professional standards and a firm commitment from administrators as well as clinicians to provide up-to-date community education about stroke risks, symptoms and treatment.
The program is reevaluated once every two years. Certification is awarded based on how well the organization meets these standards.