Highlands Health System Recognized as Acute Stroke Ready Facility

April 8, 2019
Prestonsburg, KY –For the second time, Highlands Regional Medical Center has been certified as an Acute Stroke Ready facility by DNV Healthcare, one of the leading accrediting agencies in the United States. Acute Stroke Ready facilities are recognized for establishing evidence based processes that ensure the finest care to patients experiencing an acute stroke. Three years ago, Highlands became the first Acute Stroke Ready hospital in the state of Kentucky. The certifications are valid for three years.
The certification of Acute Stroke Ready ensures that a hospital can provide the services necessary for treatment of stroke patients. Certification involves a rigorous survey, during which the program's compliance with stroke-related standards, program management, delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement are reviewed. In some states, including Kentucky, the level of certification determines where EMS providers will transport patients for the most appropriate medical care.
“Patients that are experiencing a stroke need rapid diagnosis and treatment,” said Highlands Stroke Coordinator Aleshia Howard. “Our recertification should give patients confidence that they do not have to leave their community to receive excellent stroke care.”
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.