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Methodist Dallas Medical Center Named Certified Advanced Stroke Center

DALLAS – Methodist Dallas Medical Center has been named a designated Disease-Specific Care Advanced Primary Stroke Center with full certification by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center has been named an Advanced Primary Stroke Center with full certification by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals."We announce this achievement with extreme pride and excitement on behalf of all the dedicated personnel working at Methodist Dallas Medical Center." says Michael A. Mayo, president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center, "Earning designation as a Certified Stroke Center followed an extensive Joint Commission Survey. Months of preparation for this survey were rewarded with this important disease specific designation."

The designation, effective June 4, 2010, signifies that Methodist Dallas has met the standards adopted by The Joint Commission to signify its recognition that the hospital is optimally prepared to provide the highest level of quality care to stroke patients. The designation is also important in emergency services care as requirements expand to direct EMS to transport stroke patients to designated centers for stroke care.

 The Joint Commission surveyors' comments reflected commendations for consistent teamwork among all disciplines, nursing and medical staff, praising a clearly evident team approach to stroke care, and mentioning other strengths including screenings and evaluations, competent tools and processes, medication administration competency, clear communications with patients, impressive rehabilitation therapy work and interaction with nurses, well trained nursing staff in stroke care, high patient satisfaction ratings, and overall commendations for the facility setting.

"My congratulations to everyone at the Methodist Dallas campus for dedication to patient care, quality service, and a sense of ownership for the performance of our hospital which earned this recognition as an outstanding health care provider and this certification of distinction," said Mayo.

About The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain high performance standards. The Joint Commission's mission is to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, through the commission's evaluations of health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning, and compassion, Methodist Health System uses some of the latest medical technology and research to bring quality health care to individuals and families throughout North Texas.  Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org.

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