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The Medical Center of Aurora Receives Primary Stroke Certification

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Corporate News J E 4
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AURORA, Colo., Dec. 9 -- The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) is proud to announce its designation as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission (TJC) effective October 1, 2009. The Disease Specific Certification has been awarded to only seven other hospitals in the state of Colorado.

To earn Primary Stroke Certification, a hospital must undergo a rigorous analysis, demonstrating compliance and excellence in three important areas of stroke care:

  • Compliance with evidence-based national standards
  • Effective use of clinical practice guidelines to both manage and optimize care
  • Demonstrated measurement and improvement in the care provided to stroke patients.

TMCA was praised by the Joint Commission surveyor, who noted the commitment to excellence and hard work shown by the TMCA physicians and hospital staff.

The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza has seen a 24 percent increase in stroke patients since 2008. This highlights the importance of earning the Primary Stroke Certification, which effectively supports a critical community need.  "Receiving this distinction conveys a message to our patient and provider community that the very highest of standards are met in our care of stroke patients," said Julie Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of TMCA/CMP.

About The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza

Selected as one of 2008's "Top 100 Hospitals to Work For" in Modern HealthCare, The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza specializes in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery, and women's services. The organization is comprised of an advanced care hospital (South Campus), an outpatient/short stay hospital (North Campus), and a 24/7 emergency center with adjacent physician office buildings (Centennial Medical Plaza). Part of the HealthONE System of Excellence, in 2008 The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza was awarded Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program®, and has received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for three years in a row (2007, 2008 and 2009).

About The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that administers accreditation and certification programs nationwide. With a goal of improving healthcare for the public, TJC accredits and certifies over 17,000 U.S. healthcare organizations.

SOURCE The Medical Center of Aurora

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