Baptist DeSoto and NEA Baptist Earn Primary Stroke Center Certification

The Joint Commission awarded its Gold Seal of Approval for Primary Stroke Center Certification to Baptist DeSoto and NEA Baptist. The Gold Seal reflects a health care organization’s commitment to fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care.

“Receiving The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval is a great endorsement and reinforces what I already know — we have an outstanding stroke team who cares about patients,” said Brian Hogan, CEO and administrator of Baptist DeSoto. “I am proud of our stroke team at Baptist DeSoto and all that they do to ensure we provide excellent care to the community.”

Hospital stroke teams include several departments — emergency services, nursing, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, therapy and more.

“The team at NEA Baptist is focused on continually raising the bar. This certification is simply validation of the hard work from a lot of people working to deliver the best care in our region. We hope it also gives our patients even more confidence that NEA Baptist works on behalf of them even in their darkest hour,” said Sam Lynd, administrator and CEO of NEA Baptist.

The Joint Commission performed rigorous, on-site reviews at the hospitals, evaluating compliance with related certification standards, including program management, door-to-CT scan times, how quickly patients received thrombolytic medication, and the delivery and facilitation of quality clinical care. The reviewers also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest health care standards-setting and accrediting body. The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients.