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Community Howard Regional Health Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

For release on March 08, 2018

Kokomo, IN---Community Howard Regional Health this week was awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission.

Community Howard earned the accreditation after ongoing a rigorous onsite review in December 2017. During the review, Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“To receive this mark of excellence from The Joint Commission for our ability to care for stroke patients is a testament to the commitment we have made to deliver exceptional, advanced-level care right here in Kokomo,” said Joe Hooper, president of Community Howard Regional Health. “I am very proud of our entire team for working so hard to receive this distinction.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

In addition to now being accredited as a Primary Stroke Center, Community Howard is the only Kokomo hospital to hold Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) accreditation. PCI is a procedure used by cardiologists to open a blocked artery.

“We know that this community wants to be able to receive their care locally and we are continually looking for ways to build on the quality of care and the array of services we offer,” said Hooper. “We believe that offering comprehensive cardiac care and this level of care for stroke patients is an important part of improving the overall health and wellness of the surrounding community.”

Heart disease continues to rank as the number one cause of death worldwide. Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

About Community Howard Regional Health
Community Howard Regional Health, part of Community Health Network, offers high-quality, patient-centered services close to home. A compassionate and comfortable environment of care is provided at two hospital campuses—a full-service hospital (main campus) and rehabilitation hospital. The main campus offers primary and specialty inpatient and outpatient services, which include a comprehensive heart program, behavioral health, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, emergency, sleep disorders, surgery, wound care, obstetrics and gynecology. Outpatient rehabilitation services are offered at Community Howard Specialty Hospital, located 15 minutes from the main campus. To learn more about Community Howard Regional Health, visit eCommunity.com/howard.

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

George Mast, Manager Communications & Public Relations, Community Howard
George Mast
Manager Communications & Public Relations, Community Howard Regional Health