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OSF Saint Anthony’s designated as advanced Primary Stroke Center


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ALTON – The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

Certification is said to demonstrate that the program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

The Health Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in November.

“OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “We commend OSF Saint Anthony’s for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with this advanced certification,” said Ajay Pathak, president and CEO of OSF Saint Anthony’s. “The certification validates and highlights our exceptional commitment to stroke care and our focus to continually advance our level of care even further.”

The stroke center designation comes on the heels of the Health Center’s “A” grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization and advocate for hospital transparency. OSF Saint Anthony’s was the only hospital in the River Bend area to receive the top rating. In addition, OSF Saint Anthony’s was acknowledged by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in the nation for delivering outstanding patient care; one of 221 hospitals to do so for the past four consecutive years.

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