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Metro Health Hospital Receives Stroke Recertification

Metro Health Hospital has been recertified as a Primary Stroke Center from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.

Metro Health earned the certification after HFAP, which is an independent, nationally recognized accreditation authority, conducted an extensive review of the hospital’s stroke program.  As a nationally recognized Stroke Center, Metro Health is one of only a few hospitals in Michigan to be recognized for its “exceptional compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes of care related to the treatment of stroke.”

Metro Health has been recognized with national awards for its success at treating strokes, ensuring patients have the best care from the emergency room through rehabilitation.  The hospital also holds community education events each year.

The HFAP stroke certification program has based its standards on evidence from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Heart/Stroke Association.  These standards are requirements to provide hospitals with the tools for education and support regarding stroke prevention, care and recovery within their communities.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability.  An American Stroke Association study shows that baby boomers may know the signs and symptoms of stroke, but don’t see stroke as a major health risk.  The risk for strokes increase at the age of 55.  Controllable risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, blood pressure and obesity.

About Metro Health

An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan – and beyond.  In addition to its 208-bed hospital, which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, Metro Health has a growing number neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan, as well as a community clinic for the underserved and a student health clinic on the campus of Grand Valley State University.  With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others.  Many are members of the Metro Health Medical Group.  The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more.  Visit us www.metrohealth.net, follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.

About HFAP

HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations and insurance companies.  For more information, go to www.hfap.org.

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