TMC earns renewal of HFAP Primary Stroke Certification

Tucson Medical Center has been awarded renewal of its Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Primary Stroke Certification serves as a notice that TMC has the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care, and administer tPA and other acute therapies safely and efficiently.

“This certification signifies that Tucson Medical Center has demonstrated and is clearly committed to providing excellent stroke care to its patients,” said Josh Prober, Chief Executive Officer of HFAP. “Hospitals that have established stroke centers have demonstrated improved treatment, better patient outcomes, and reduced costs. Moreover, Primary Stroke centers have the required infrastructure and protocols in place to stabilize and provide rapid and evidence-based care to acute stroke patients.”

HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006 and currently offers the most options for facilities seeking stroke care certification. HFAP is the nation’s only accreditation program that certifies the full Stroke Continuum – Stroke Ready, Primary Stroke and Comprehensive Stroke. HFAP stroke certification differs from other certification programs in that it provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. In addition, for reimbursement eligibility, hospitals must submit quarterly clinical performance measures to the HFAP office and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In order to achieve Primary Stroke Certification, TMC had to meet the following standards:HFAPseal_Primary_web

  • The program director must have extensive experience in acute stroke
  • Stroke code team arrival at bedside must be within 15 minutes
  • Lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities must be available 24/7
  • Must have access to neurologists 24/7
  • Must have neurosurgical expertise available or able to transfer patients within two hours
  • Must have a designation stroke unit
  • Staff must meet education requirements

For more information about the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, visit www.hfap.org.

 

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