Hospital earns stroke center certification


The Hauenstein Neuroscience Center. Courtesy Mercy Health

A local hospital has received a new certification for its stroke care.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids said it has been certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center for the first time by DNV GL Healthcare, which is based on standards set by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association.

DNV GL Healthcare said the medical center addresses the full range of stroke care — diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education — and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes.

The three-year certification went into effect on Dec. 21, 2018.

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” said Patrick Horine, president, DNV GL Healthcare. “And it helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”

Some factors Mercy Health said contributed to the certification include use of clot-busting drugs and clot-removal procedures, as well as its practice of creating individualized plans to address stroke cause and prevention.

“With stroke care, you must not only have the best clinicians with access to appropriate resources, but also a well-rehearsed ability to act with the greatest efficiency because of the time-critical nature of stroke,” said Dr. Herman Sullivan, medical director, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center.

“This certification from DNV GL validates all the effort put forth by a multitude of personnel to ensure the health and safety of our patients.”

The hospital has been a certified Primary Stroke Center through The Joint Commission since 2006.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is a 303-bed hospital in Grand Rapids.

Saint Mary's is part of the four-hospital Mercy Health system, which contains more than 800 hospital beds and staffs more than 1,300 physicians and has annual operating revenue of about $1.4 billion.

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