Weiss Memorial Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers



CHICAGO (December 16) — Weiss Memorial Hospital announced that it has 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. Weiss underwent a rigorous onsite review in October 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“Weiss Memorial Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend Weiss for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“Weiss is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission,” said Dr. Tony Tedeschi, Chief Executive Officer at Weiss Memorial Hospital. “We have an incredibly dedicated team devoted to the care of stroke patients – from our staff in the emergency room to our rehabilitation staff, as well as our partners in emergency response and telestroke. The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide and to better serve our community with comprehensive stroke care close to home.”

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” (JAMA, 2000).

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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 nearly 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 Weiss Memorial Hospital
Weiss Memorial Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited, 236-bed community healthcare facility on Chicago’s North Side overlooking Lake Michigan. With more than 400 doctors—many of whom are academically affiliated—and 43 medical specialties, the hospital meets the needs of its patients through a full range of services. For more information, visit WeissHospital.com or call (800) 503-1234. Weiss Memorial Hospital is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, which through its subsidiaries operates 80 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient centers, six health plans and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for health care providers nationwide.

For more information, please contact:
Weiss Public Relations
(773) 564-7285