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Aspirus Wausau Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Aspirus Wausau Hospital (AWH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

AWH underwent a rigorous onsite review on May, 25 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“Aspirus Wausau Hospital continuously strives to provide a higher level of care for our patients,” said Darrell Lentz, President Aspirus Wausau Hospital. We are committed to delivering stroke care utilizing the highest standards. This certification is another great example of how we are investing in resources to better serve our communities.”

 “Aspirus Wausau Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Aspirus Wausau Hospital for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate Aspirus Wausau Hospital for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Aspirus Wausau Hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

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