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VERO BEACH -- May is Stroke Awareness Month and HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital has taken 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 voluntarily pursued The Joint Commission to evaluate our stroke program because we wanted to ensure our quality of care," said Jimmy Lockhart, M.D., medical director at HealthSouth Treasure Coast. "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 Treasure Coast underwent a rigorous on-site survey on Jan. 13, 2014. 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.
Studies indicate that 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from comprehensive rehabilitation. Eighty percent of patients receiving this level of therapy return to their homes, work, schools or active retirement, according to the National Rehabilitation Caucus.
The Joint Commission's acknowledgement of HealthSouth Treasure Coast's continuum of care for stroke offers patients and families peace of mind in knowing they are getting quality stroke care for maximized results.
HealthSouth Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital is an 80-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout Indian River, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Martin counties, the hospital is located at 1600 37th Street, Vero Beach.
For more information, visit www.healthsouthtreasurecoast.com.