Frankfort Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification. This is the second time that Frankfort Regional Medical Center has received certification. The hospital was originally recognized in September 2017 as the certification cycle lasts 24 months.

Frankfort Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on September 6, 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

"Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care," says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. "We commend Frankfort Regional Medical Center for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients."

"We congratulate Frankfort Regional Medical Center for this outstanding achievement," says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. "This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients."

"Certification from The Joint Commission validates that we are equipped to provide more extensive evaluation and care for stroke patients than the average hospital," said Reed Hammond, chief executive officer of Frankfort Regional Medical Center. "This achievement is a direct reflection of the hard work by our entire healthcare team and their continued commitment to the care and improvement of human life."

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