Loyola Certified as Comprehensive Stroke Center | Loyola Medicine
Friday, January 5, 2018

Loyola Certified as Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission

MAYWOOD, IL –  Loyola University Medical Center has joined an elite group of hospitals nationwide to be certified by The Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center.
 
Loyola was certified following a rigorous onsite review by The Joint Commission experts who evaluated Loyola's compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.
 
"By achieving this advanced certification, Loyola has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, president and CEO of The Joint Commission.
 
The Joint Commission developed the comprehensive stroke center certification in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Brain Attack Coalition. Certification recognizes the significant resources in staff and training that a center must have to treat patients with complex strokes. To be eligible, a hospital must be designated a primary stroke center and meet additional requirements related to advanced imaging capabilities and 24/7 availability of specialized endovascular stroke treatments, as well as staff education and comprehensive competencies in all phases of stroke care.
 
Comprehensive stroke center certification is awarded for a two-year period. Certification is derived from the Brain Attack Coalition's Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers, Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers and recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.
 
The independent, nonprofit Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. It accredits and certifies more than 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
 
Loyola's Stroke Center includes a nationally recognized team of experts in every facet of stroke-related care, including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, emergency medicine, rehabilitative services, social work, pharmacy and specialized neuroscience nursing.
 
For nine years in a row, Loyola has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Loyola's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.  

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.