Dukes Memorial Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission

Peru, Ind. (May 21, 2013) – The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Dukes Memorial Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Dukes Memorial Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that its program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Dukes Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review this past January. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Dukes Memorial Hospital’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Dukes Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Dukes Memorial Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

“Dukes Memorial Hospital is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Debra Close, Dukes Memorial Hospital CEO. “In addition to our Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”

Dukes Memorial Hospital will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Dukes Memorial Hospital is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit or .

About Dukes Memorial Hospital Dukes Memorial Hospital is a health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute heart care and preventative medical care in a caring and compassionate manner to all people who live in, work in, or visit Miami County and its surrounding areas. Dukes Memorial Hospital is committed to building a healthier community. For more information on Dukes Memorial Hospital, contact Courtney Ogletree, Director of Marketing, at (765) 472-8016 or


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