Ascension Seton Hays 1st in County Certified for Primary Stroke Care


KYLE, Texas – (Sept. 11, 2012) – Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays is Hays County’s first hospital to meet the highest national medical standards and be certified as a primary care center for stroke victims.

Ascension Seton Medical Center Hays is the fourth Ascension Seton facility to earn this distinction, joining Ascension Seton Medical Center AustinAscension Seton Medical Center Williamson and University Medical Center Brackenridge. As of July 2012, there were more than 925 certified primary stroke centers in 48 states.

Seton Hays Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Herb Dyer was notified by the Joint Commission of the certification. The Joint Commission, a national independent, not-for-profit based in Illinois, is the oldest and largest health care standard-setting and accrediting body. Founded in 1951, it accredits and certifies more than 19,000 U.S. health care facilities and programs and is the recognized standard for U.S. hospitals.

Certification means that Ascension Seton Hays has enacted and maintained the highest-quality processes and procedures, ensuring its medical staff can effectively treat all types of strokes and provide the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.

“Adherence to clinical practice guidelines and data-driven performance improvement are behind this important milestone,” said Dyer. “So are dozens of Ascension Seton Hays physicians, nurses and other clinical staff. We have some of the best people working here, providing the best possible care – not only for stroke patients, but for all of our patients.”

The Joint Commission’s “Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers” is based on the evaluation of standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities.

It is awarded for a two-year period and recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Certification signifies that the services provided to stroke patients have the critical elements to achieve long-term success and meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association. It is based on the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.”
Ascension Seton Hays was surveyed by the Joint Commission on Aug. 13. The hospital’s “Stroke Care Team,” which led this effort, includes employees Leigh Allen, Francesca Damiano-Hammond, Helen Fernandez, Sarah Hoffman, Nikki Rivers, Deana Salas, Michelle Sriro and Leigh Velie.

The Joint Commission’s mission is “to continuously improve health care for the public … by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”