Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Awarded Advanced Primary Stroke Certification by The Joint Commission

groupMethodist Mansfield Medical Center has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, recognizing the hospital’s exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes in stroke care. Methodist Mansfield is the only Advanced Primary Stroke and Cycle IV Chest Pain Centers in the Mansfield area with medical professionals trained in stroke and heart care to handle emergencies 24 /7.

“At Methodist Mansfield we strive to provide the communities we serve with the best possible stroke care,” John Phillips, FACHE, president, said. “We are extremely proud of this achievement and our dedicated staff who are committed to exceptional stroke care every day.

A stroke occurs when one of the blood vessels that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischemic stroke) or bursts (hemorrhagic stroke), causing parts of the brain to begin to die.

In addition to being certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Methodist Mansfield is recognized nationally as a Top Performer on key quality measures and accredited as an acute care hospital by The Joint Commission. Methodist Mansfield is designated a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and recently earned an “A” by The Leapfrog Group® for the fourth consecutive quarter for patient safety. The hospital is also a Certified Quality Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, and a Texas Ten Step Hospital for the fifth consecutive year.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Methodist Mansfield has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Methodist Mansfield for successfully undertaking this designation that signifies that Methodist Mansfield 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.”

Pictured: Celebrating advanced primary stroke certification from the Joint Commission are from left Lisa Smith, director of radiology; Karen Yates, cardiac stroke coordinator; John Phillips, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center; Nora Fraiser, CNO; Laurie Zinn, RN; Jana Clamp, speech pathology coordinator and Michael Hernandez, nurse manager medical telemetry.

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical 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 Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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