Comprehensive Stroke Center
Did you know that Metro Health Hospital is a nationally-recognized Comprehensive Stroke Center?
Metro Health believes everyone in West Michigan should have local access to world-class health care. This includes the most advanced treatment available for stroke, a leading cause of death and No. 1 cause of disability.
That commitment to the highest expertise, quality assurance and technology has been recognized, with Metro Hospital’s certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).
Stroke care has long been a priority for Metro, which has maintained designation as a Primary Stroke Center since 2005. By earning comprehensive certification, Metro has the proven capabilities to rapidly treat acute stroke cases, on site and at any time, so patients do not experience any delay in treatment or increased risk during their care. This expands access for first responders to quickly deliver stroke patients to the closest available comprehensive stroke center. It also makes Metro an optional destination for hospitals that lack this capability.
Earning the certification involved reviewing Metro against national standards for expertise, procedures and outcomes across multiple departments and disciplines, starting from the 911 call and continuing to the Emergency Department, security, imaging, nursing, the pharmacy, neurology, aftercare, rehabilitation, patient education and support groups.
The efforts extend beyond the walls of the hospital. Metro invests time in educating EMS first-responders on the best procedures for assessing patients and communicating key information to the Emergency Department. Public information and outreach campaigns communicate the risk factors of stroke, and F.A.S.T. techniques to recognize the symptoms of stroke. And a monthly support group helps survivors and their caregivers cope with the aftermath of stroke.
Still, the work does not end with the certification. The Metro team is continually looking for improvement. Treatment times and outcomes are tracked, performance data is under constant review, and results are benchmarked against national standards.
HFAP is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Originally created in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accrediting body in the United States. HFAP accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies.
In 2015, the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), acquired and assumed management of HFAP’s range of accreditation and specialty certification programs. For more information about these programs, visit www.hfap.org.