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Both Lake Health hospitals earn primary stroke center certifications

Lake Health System’s TriPoint Medical Center and LakeWest Medical Center have earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission as primary stroke centers.

CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Lake Health System’s TriPoint Medical Center and LakeWest Medical Center have earned the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission as primary stroke centers.

This distinction came after the Joint Commission conducted on-site reviews of each of the hospital’s acute stroke programs in August. Both hospitals earned the distinction. Lake Health closed its LakeEast Medical Center in Painesville last month at the same time it opened TriPoint in Concord Township.

Developed with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, the primary stroke center certification recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care, according to the Joint Commission. “Lake Health demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jean Range, executive director of disease-specific care certification at the Joint Commission, in a written statement.

The goal at Lake Health is simple: Lessen and prevent further stroke damage so patients can return to productivity sooner, said Dr. Mark Rorick, a neurologist and director of the Lake Health Primary Stroke Center. “Each member of our team is highly trained and performs a critical function, resulting in faster treatment times and, ultimately, better outcomes and shorter hospital stays for our patients,” Rorick said.

About 700,000 people have a stroke each year, according to Lake Health. Stroke is the nation’s third-leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, which is home to some 4.7 million stroke survivors.

“We’re proud to achieve the distinction,” said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, president and CEO of Lake Health. “Joint Commission primary stroke center certification recognizes Lake Health’s commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

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