HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan Awarded Stroke Certification from the Joint Commission
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan has taken the steps to ensure a higher quality of care for stroke patients in the community by achieving certification for Disease-Specific Care in stroke rehabilitation. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ was awarded to the hospital for its compliance with the organization’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety for stroke rehabilitation.
“We pursued The Joint Commission to evaluate our stroke program because we wanted to ensure the quality of care we provide to our patients,” said Ilona Wozniak, chief executive officer at HealthSouth Newnan. “To receive this certification, our hospital has demonstrated compliance with national standards and an effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care for our patients.”
To earn the certification, HealthSouth Newnan underwent a rigorous on-site survey. A surveyor with expertise in the care of patients with neurological issues from The Joint Commission evaluated the hospital’s stroke rehabilitation program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including the provision and quality of care, medical staff, leadership and medication management.
According to the recent adult stroke rehabilitation guidelines released by the American Heart Association, whenever possible, stroke patients should be treated at an in-patient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility. While at an in-patient rehabilitation facility, a patient participates in at least three hours of rehabilitation a day from physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Nurses are continuously available and doctors typically visit daily. An in-patient rehabilitation facility may be a free-standing facility or a separate unit of a hospital. (SOURCE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, INC.)