Mission Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers

March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018, Mission Viejo, Calif. – Mission Hospital announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stoke Association’s Heart Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. This designation was awarded to Mission Hospital for its specific abilities to receive and treat complex stroke patients as well as meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

The certification is provided through a partnership between the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“The greater south Orange County community relies on Mission Hospital to provide around-the-clock care to loved ones,” said Tarek Salaway, chief executive of Mission Hospital. “The Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers recognizes Mission Hospital’s commitment to offering outstanding and high-value clinical care to patients with a variety of complex neurological conditions, for improved outcomes.”

Mission Hospital’s Mission Neuroscience Institute (MNI) was formed to offer exceptional patient care paired with leading rehabilitation, neurosurgery, stroke intervention, and emergency department services, with a focus on concussion, stroke, traumatic brain injury and more. From early recognition and expedited diagnosis in the emergency department to dedicated rapid response stroke management, to modern and advanced stroke interventional and neurosurgical techniques, to multi-disciplinary collaboration on dedicated neuro-stroke critical care and nursing units, to intensive and stroke-specific rehabilitation services, the Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke certification demonstrates a comprehensive team effort and responsibility to quality patient outcomes.

“MNI’s focus is on the patient – we strive to continually seek innovative and technologically advanced care that is affordable and accessible to the communities we serve and beyond,” said Joey Gee, D.O., medical director and neurologist with MNI. “The Joint Commission’s advanced stroke certification recognizes our commitment to providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke.”

The institute’s multidisciplinary stroke team provides the highest quality care for the most complex stroke cases through the use of state-of-the-art technology, the newest interventional and surgical techniques, and innovative rehabilitation methods. In 2017, the MNI team cared for 367 stroke patients and provided lifesaving treatment for 142 eligible patients. Time is brain and when a stroke happens, seconds count. The national goal to receive a clot-busting medication to stop a stroke is 60 minutes and Mission Hospital was able to do it in an average of 46 minutes.

With this certification, Mission Hospital joins an elite group of health care organizations, including Hoag, St. Jude Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital that are focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and to provide staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

Stroke is the fifth leading 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.

For additional information about Mission Hospital, visit www.mission4health.com.

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 more than 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.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us onFacebook and Twitter.

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital is a state-of-the art, 523-bed acute care regional medical center in Mission Viejo, California. As one of the busiest designated adult and pediatric Level II Trauma Centers in the state of California, Mission Hospital provides a full range of reputable specialty health care services with highly skilled teams treating a multitude of complex conditions. Services include a full range of expertise in cardiovascular, neuroscience and spine, orthopedics, cancer care, women’s services, mental health and wellness, and a variety of other specialty services. Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach (MHLB) provides South Orange County coastal communities with 24-hour emergency and intensive care as well as medical-surgical/telemetry services, orthopedics, general and GI surgery. CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is a 54-bed facility that is the area’s only dedicated pediatric hospital.

Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence, Mission Hospital is highly recognized for its high quality of care, evidenced through a multitude of healthcare quality benchmarks. Mission Hospital is part of St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit provider of integrated health care. Together, we work to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. For more information, visit www.mission4health.com.

Media Contact: Deb Franko 
Office: 949-230-6852 
Email: deb.franko@stjoe.org

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