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St. Luke’s Magic Valley received Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission on Jan. 3, 2014. Magic Valley joins St. Luke’s in Boise, which received the Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center of Excellence Certification in September 2012.
The Joint Commission surveyed St. Luke’s Magic Valley on Nov. 19, 2013 to become a Primary Stroke Center of Excellence. The surveyor from the Joint Commission highly complimented Magic Valley’s Stroke Program, the commitment of the organization and the outstanding care provided to stroke patients.
“St Luke’s Magic Valley is committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Stephanie Shawver, Stroke Program Coordinator, St. Luke’s Magic Valley. “In addition to Joint Commission certification, the Primary Stroke Center Certification gives us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve overall care for our community.”
Since the program began more than two years ago, over 30 Magic Valley stroke patients have fully recovered thanks to the standardized stroke program care they received at St. Luke’s Magic Valley.
“It was the ER’s quick response and efforts to give my husband the proper medication that gave him his life back,” said Rayetta McInturf, the wife of a stroke patient. “It reversed the effects of the stroke and today he has fully recovered from it.”
From emergency department staff to the inpatient side, to clinics throughout our service area, the entire St. Luke’s Magic Valley team made this certification possible.
“We at St Luke’s Magic Valley are excited to have become a Joint Commission – Primary Stroke Center,” said Dr. Matt Larsen, Medical Director Emergency Medicine, St. Luke’s Magic Valley. “The quality of care in the Magic Valley for stroke has improved dramatically over the past two years during this process. This care will continue to improve as we maintain our stroke certification.”
To find out more about the effort St. Luke's Magic Valley underwent to achieve certification as a stroke center, click here.
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