Joint Commission accreditation awarded!

by / Wednesday, 17 August 2016 / Published in News


The Advanced Neuroscience Network is constantly working to provide the latest in advancements and care for patients. Most recently, Palmetto General Hospital has earned the recognition from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. This designation makes Palmetto General Hospital one of 110 hospitals in the nation to receive this accreditation, thus raising the bar for stroke care across the network.

Comprehensive Stroke Centers across the nation are seen as industry leaders and are responsible for establishing new standards of care for complex stroke patients. These centers have the latest technology, infrastructure with 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, highly trained staff, and dedicated units for stroke patients. Palmetto General Hospital is no exception to these standards. Along with newly receiving the accreditation, a new neurocritical care unit meant for treating and caring for stroke patients was designed and built to ensure the best possible care was given to these patients.

When a stroke strikes, 1.9 million neurons die each minute. The sooner a stroke patient is able to be treated, the greater the chance for recovery. The goal at Palmetto General Hospital is to reduce the amount of time between the patient’s arrival and treatment delivery of the clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). The time that is being referred to is called the door-to-needle (DTN) time, where Palmetto is currently beating the national average of 48 minutes with a DTN of 27 minutes. Palmetto General Hospital is nearly twice as fast as other hospitals and are continuing to implement new techniques to constantly improve this time and save lives.