DeKALB – Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital has been awarded an advanced certification for its Primary Stroke Center, according to a news release.
The hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check status for an Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers on Tuesday. Both awards afford Kish Hospital a designation of quality within the industry.
In October, the hospital went through a rigorous on-site review, during which The Joint Commission experts conducted compliance checks with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
The hospital has been an acute stroke ready hospital since January 2015, and the certification provides proof that patients who have been affected by a stroke are getting the highest level of care.
Specially trained nurses and staff are also a requirement of the new certification, which hospital officials said is streamlined in the emergency room, and through computed tomography scans and lab tests, which determine whether a patient needs to be quickly transferred to a higher level of care throughout the hospital.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No.4 cause of death, and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, a person suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of one every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke every year.