Ochsner Medical Center-BR Earns Acute Stroke Ready Certification from Joint Commission

Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Acute Stroke Ready Certification.   

The designation means OMC-Baton Rouge meets The Joint Commission's designation for readiness to treat patients who experience severe stroke.

To achieve certification, OMC-Baton Rouge underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite visit. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with numerous certification standards, including a streamlined process for emergency treatment, patient education, and protocols that improve patient outcomes. 

Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conduct onsite observations and interviews.

“Patient access to high quality stroke care is crucial because every moment matters during a stroke," says Aldo Russo, MD, Ochsner Baton Rouge regional medical director. "This certification from the Joint Commission is especially critical since Louisiana unfortunately has one of the highest rates of stroke incidence in the country. It's part of our commitment to provide the best stroke care possible for the capital region."  

Ochsner partners with more than 50 participating hospitals throughout Louisiana and Mississippi in the Telestroke Program. By using telemedicine, the program enables experts from participating facilities to consult immediately with Ochsner's vascular neurologists around the clock to determine the best treatment options for stroke patients.