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Published on August 03, 2016

Concord Hospital Earns National Stroke Center Recertification

Concord Hospital has been recertified as a Primary Stroke Center hospital by DNV Healthcare USA, Inc., which validates its dedication to the latest and most rapid care possible for patients presenting with stroke.

The three-year certification from DNV Healthcare USA, Inc., a hospital accreditation organization with some of the toughest standards in health care, means Concord Hospital’s stroke response staff follows the best methods to fast-track patients suspected of stroke so doctors can begin brain-saving treatments immediately.

The Primary Stroke Center Certification Program of DNV GL Healthcare USA, Inc. integrates certain requirements of the NIAHO® Hospital Accreditation Program, CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System, Guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition and recommendations of the American Stroke Association®.

“We are very proud that our hard work in providing the best possible care to stroke patients has been recognized by such a prestigious organization as DNV,” said Christina Swanberry, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, Concord Hospital Stroke Program Manager. “We are delighted to be able to offer this level of stroke care to our community.”

Concord Hospital’s stroke response includes TeleStroke, a high-tech collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital that speeds diagnosis and treatment during a patient’s crucial first moments at the hospital. The TeleStroke video conference system allows doctors in Concord Hospital’s Emergency Department and neurology specialists at Mass General to work together to determine the best course of treatment for our patients experiencing stroke.

As part of its review, DNV inspected actual and potential patient outcomes, as well as required processes followed by the hospital’s stroke team. DNV surveyors assessed the care provided at Concord Hospital, including the appropriateness of the care and hospital services within the context of the certification requirements.

Surveyors also visited Concord Hospital facilities where stroke patients are diagnosed and treated and reviewed data and records to validate information gained from observations and interviews.

WARNING SIGNS OF STROKE

Concord Hospital wants you to know the warning signs of stroke.

Call 911 right away if you spot any of the following signs. Prompt treatment can make a huge difference in the lives of those experiencing stroke.

A good way to remember the warning signs of stroke is FAST

F – Face drooping
A – Arm numbness or weakness on one side of body
S – Speech slurred or difficulty speaking or understanding
T – Time to immediately call 911!

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