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Lake Pointe Medical Center earns stroke center certification

Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

According to Marketing Manager Bobby Montgomery, the certification was earned after undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care.

“By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Lake Pointe Medical Center has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients, ” said Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing outstanding care for stroke victims” said J. Eric Evans, CEO of the Lake Pointe Health Network.

“Achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center furthers Lake Pointe Medical Center’s objective of providing our community convenient access to high quality care that meets or exceeds the most stringent national guidelines.”

“Stroke is today what heart attacks were thirty years ago,” explained Dr. Larry Dencklau, Medical Director in the Lake Pointe Medical Center Emergency Department.

“The faster a patient gets to a primary stroke center like Lake Pointe Medical Center, the more likely they are to make a significant recovery.”

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care.

The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.qualitycheck.org.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Lake Pointe Medical Center is a 112-bed acute care hospital located at 6800 Scenic Drive in Rowlett, which has been serving the residents of Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City and the surrounding communities since 1987.

It is part of the overall Lake Pointe Health System, which includes locations in Rockwall and Forney.

By J.J. Smith.

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