Longmont United Hospital First to Earn Primary Stroke Center Certification in Longmont

(Longmont, COLO.)– Longmont United Hospital announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of certification demonstrates Longmont United Hospital’s commitment to the care of stroke patients by meeting rigorous standards and requirements including the delivery of care and performance improvement.

“The road to becoming a Primary Stroke Center is not an easy one – and we commend our associates for the work and quality care they provide daily to our stroke patients. We are incredibly proud to be the first hospital in Longmont to have earned this nationally-recognized designation,” said Craig Luzinski, Chief Nursing and Operating Officer at Longmont United Hospital. “Since 1959 we have been committed to building flourishing communities through the exceptional patient care we provide; and becoming a Primary Stroke Center continues to confirm the top-quality care patients can expect to receive here.”

This prestigious certification recognizes programs that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes and will provide long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. To become a Primary Stroke Center, a hospital must be equipped with the resources and processes to care for acute stroke patients. This designation is only awarded to hospitals that:

  • have a dedicated stroke-focused program
  • are staffed by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
  • ensure individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs
  • provide comprehensive post-discharge care options
  • use data to assess and continually improve the quality of stroke care

To learn more about stroke program, visit Longmont United Hospital website.

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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 visit The Joint Commission website.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information visit the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program. 

About Longmont United Hospital
Longmont United Hospital, part of Centura Health, is a non-profit community hospital with specialty areas in Women’s & Children's Services, Heart and Vascular, Orthopedics and Spine, Neurosciences, Comprehensive Surgical Services, Cancer Care, Trauma Services, Primary Care, and Acute Medical Services. It offers quality in-patient and out-patient healthcare services including Physician Services and a 24-hour Emergency Department. The Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma Center, as designated by the state of Colorado. Visit Longmont United Hospital website.

Media Contact
Kirsten Pfotenhauer
Communications Manager, Longmont United Hospital
Phone: 303-678-4036
kirstenpfotenhauer@centura.org

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