Bellin Health earns stroke center re-certification

04/15/2008

GREEN BAY — Bellin Health will maintain its Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission now that the national safety and quality care organization has given it a thumbs up.

The re-certification notice comes just weeks after a Joint Commission appraiser visited the health system to observe the care of stroke patients.

“The appraiser came through for a day-long visit,” said Bellin Health Chief Nursing Officer Laura Hieb. “At the end of her visit, she said we have a solid program and found that our staff demonstrated extensive knowledge and understanding of stroke care.”

The re-certification means Bellin will continue to be recognized as a Primary Stroke Center – an honor the surrounding community can be proud of, as well as the entire health system, Hieb said.

“It’s another certification that validates the specialty care services we provide our patients,” said Kathy Polum, Bellin stroke center re-certification team member. “It’s tangible evidence of our dedication to maintain higher standards in terms of our services.”

The Joint Commission shared similar thoughts.

“Bellin Health demonstrated that its stroke care program follows (evidence-based) standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jean E. Range, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

Bellin first received its Primary Stroke Center certification in 2006.