The Joint Commission announced last month that The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Manhattan, has been recognized as the first medical center in New York State to receive The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.
The certification recognizes hospitals that have the state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to treat patients with the most complex strokes. In June 2013, Joint Commission experts reviewed Mount Sinais compliance with stroke center standards and requirements.
“Mount Sinais journey to … certification provided us with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the needs of every complex stroke patient,” said Emily Schaab, RN, DNP, ANP-BC, GNP-BC, CNRN, SCRN, stroke center coordinator and nurse practitioner. “Achieving certification has provided our clinical team with concrete validation of our combined efforts. The clinical excellence across services that was acknowledged by our Joint Commission CSC reviewer reaffirmed the impact of our team efforts over the past two years.”
Schaab said the reviewer also recognized Mount Sinai nurses for leadership in collaborating with their peers and the patient care team and for their superior clinical documentation skills. Schaab is certified in both stroke and neuroscience nursing and has chaired a stroke coordinators consortium that represents more than 85 hospitals in the five boroughs, on Long Island, and in Lower Westchester, since its inception in 2009.
According to Schaab, Mount Sinais journey to certification has given staff the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care they provide for patients while promoting a culture of excellence across the medical center and into the community.
“Our CSC clinical nurses, who include all of our ED, radiology, interventional radiology, neurocritical care, acute stroke unit, and neurology and neurosurgery nurses, have clearly demonstrated their expertise in the care of complex stroke patients,” she said.
Among U.S. facilities, only 49 have earned the certification.
— Regional reporter Tracey Boyd contributed to this story.