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Rex Healthcare Accredited as Advanced Primary Stroke Center

July 19, 2011

Contact: Kerry Grace Heckle
(919) 784-4471

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Joint Commission has designated Rex Healthcare as an advanced primary stroke center. Facilities honored with this recognition have proven experience providing specialty care and represent a "gold standard" within the healthcare industry.

Achieving certification means that the services we provide have the critical elements for long-term success in improving outcomes. The certification not only recognizes Rex's ability to provide life-saving, emergency treatment of stroke, but also acknowledges a focus on stroke education for the community.

"We are honored The Joint Commission has recognized Rex Healthcare's stroke program," said Joánne Kuszaj, R.N., M.S.N., director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Nursing at Rex Healthcare.
"Through an integrated approach to high-quality care, we are able to achieve better outcomes. It is affirming to know that further community education for stroke, especially in underserved areas, is making a difference."

The Joint Commission's evaluation and resulting certification is based on an assessment of compliance with consensus-based national standards and national patient safety goals, an effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care as well as proving an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

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As a certified stroke center, Rex will regularly submit data reports of performance to the Joint Commission on ten specific measures including additional screenings, education, smoking cessation /counseling and proper therapy protocol administration. The accreditation is valid for two years.

"We are pleased The Joint Commission has recognized our deserving efforts and is continuing to assist patients and their loved ones on how to make informed choices on where to receive care," said Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Mary Lou Powell, R.N. "I'm excited for our team at Rex who has worked so hard to achieve this certification."

Rex Healthcare has already been recognized by The Joint Commission for Hospital and Home care services as well as several specialty areas including nursing, organ donation, bariatric surgery and case management.

Rex Healthcare provides a full range of stroke care including emergency care (a nationally designated chest pain center), diagnostic imaging, a dedicated orthopedic inpatient unit, rehabilitation services, two long-term skilled nursing care facilities and four wellness centers.