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Backus Earns Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

June 19, 2018

Backus Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, both of which represent symbols of quality. Joint Commission / AHA / ASA / Primary Stroke Center Certification “We are thrilled that the Backus stroke team is being recognized with this advanced certification for the high-quality care they offer our patients,” said Donna Handley, president of Backus Hospital. “This certification is especially important given the national statistics which show that someone suffers a stroke in this country every 40 seconds and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.” Backus Stroke Coordinator Melissa Lawson said the hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review by Joint Commission experts on April 12, 2018. The evaluation focused on stroke-related standards and requirements, program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement at the hospital. “We are committed at Backus to providing a higher standard of care and service for our patients affected by stroke and their families,” she said. David Tinklepaugh, MD, medical director of the program, agreed, adding that, “This certification gives us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.” Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers,” printed in the Journal of the American Medical Society in 2000, and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers,” published in the professional journal Stroke in 2011. About Backus Hospital Backus Hospital is celebrating the 125th year of providing quality healthcare to the residents of eastern Connecticut. The not-for-profit, 213-bed hospital in Norwich offers a variety of primary and specialty services, including the only trauma center in New London and Windham counties serviced by LIFESTAR helicopter services, in partnership with Hartford Hospital. Backus offers wound care and hyperbaric medicine, Mako robotic-arm assisted hip and knee replacement services, Globus ExcelsiusGPS™ surgical guidance system for spine procedures, a comprehensive cancer program affiliated with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, minimally-invasive surgery program using the daVinci® surgical robot, surgical and medical weight loss, advanced cardiology and vascular care, and the state-of-the-art Dr. Frederick S. Eadie Birthing Center. Other services - including a diabetes center, arthritis center and anti-coagulation clinic - are offered in the Backus Outpatient Care Center and other off-site locations. 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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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 www.jointcommission.org.  About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program, click here.