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West Chester Hospital Receives Recertification as Advanced Primary Stroke Center

Mar. 7, 2024

Joint Commission Certification Recognizes Exceptional Stroke Care.


Cincinnati, OH – UC Health West Chester Hospital has received recertification from The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center in recognition of the hospital's exceptional stroke care.

“We are proud to receive recertification from the Joint Commission for the outstanding stroke care provided at West Chester Hospital,” said Jen Jackson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, UC Health Vice President Operations, West Chester Hospital Site Leader and Chief Nursing Officer. “This is a testament to our frontline care teams who deliver outstanding care to every patient, every day.”

West Chester Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in mid-December. During the visit, a representative from the Joint Commission evaluated compliance with related certification standards, including stroke program management, patient education, speed to treatment and delivering and facilitating excellent clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“We believe that exceptional stroke care should always be close to home. We're proud to continue West Chester Hospital's dedication to meeting the neurological needs of our community,” said Natalie Kreitzer, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine at the UC College of Medicine and medical director for stroke care at West Chester Hospital.

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for a Primary Stroke Center is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. West Chester Hospital has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center since 2017. The recertification includes The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Stroke Certification.

“We congratulate West Chester Hospital for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

As part of UC Health, the region’s only adult academic health system and premier provider of advanced specialty services, West Chester Hospital provides access to the region’s largest group of specialized physicians and surgeons and consistently ranks among the top 5% in the nation for clinical quality. West Chester Hospital is a Level III Trauma Center, a certified Primary Stroke Center and is designated as a Magnet® hospital for excellence in nursing care.