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Thursday, November 08, 2012 - Munson Medical Center Designated Primary Stroke Center

Munson Medical Center Designated Primary Stroke Center
The Joint Commission certifies hospital’s stroke care meets AHA/ASA standards

The Joint Commission, using guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, recently certified Munson Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center.

The certification follows an on-site visit in July by a reviewer from The Joint Commission with expertise in stroke care. The designation demonstrates the hospital’s program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. It verifies that Munson Medical Center is providing evidence-based best care and best practices to stroke patients in Traverse City and the surrounding region.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Munson Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for stroke patients,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director of Disease-Specific Care Certification for The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Munson Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission’s program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.” Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

“We’re very pleased that The Joint Commission recognizes the standard of stroke care we have at Munson Medical Center,” said Donald Caraccio, M.D., chairman of the hospital’s Medical Department. “This certification is the result of a concerted effort by an interdisciplinary group at the hospital that has focused on ensuring our care for stroke patients meets the highest standards. The leadership and commitment by the hospital’s stroke coordinator Kathleen Glaza, MSN, R.N., A.C.N.S., BC, was instrumental in bringing this certification to fruition.”

The two-year certification requires the hospital to report to The Joint Commission quarterly on eight core stroke measures of care. At the end of the first year, the hospital is required to participate in a conference call to attest to its continued compliance with the standards and to review performance activities.

Munson Medical Center also is one of 35 hospitals involved with the Michigan Ongoing Stroke Registry to Accelerate the Improvement in Care (MOSAIC).

More information on The Joint Commission and AHA certification for a Primary Stroke Center can be found at and