GREER, SC – Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday 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.
Greer Memorial received the designation after undergoing a rigorous onsite review. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
Team members celebrated the milestone Wednesday.
“The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further,” said Laura Morris, nurse manager of Greer Memorial’s emergency department. “Over the last year, staff have collaborated and designed processes to facilitate rapid care for stroke patients both in the emergency department and in patient departments. These processes will help provide the right care at the right time for patients here in our community.”
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 and 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.
Stroke is at epidemic levels in South Carolina, which is frequently referred to as one of the states that are the buckle of the stroke belt.
Greer Memorial Hospital is the second hospital within Prisma Health-Upstate to be nationally recognized for its advanced stroke care. Greenville Memorial Hospital, Prisma Health-Upstate’s flagship hospital, is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the nation’s highest stroke certification.
“We congratulate Greer Memorial for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, it has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”