Mercy Stroke Center is Again Awarded Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval

Mercy Stroke Center is Again Awarded Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Posted on: October 6, 2009

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center Stroke Center has again earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. This distinction – which was awarded to Mercy a second time following The Joint Commission’s recent, unannounced on-site review – demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to excellence in providing stroke care.

Jim Williams, R.N., vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy, says The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal confirms that Mercy’s stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

He adds, “We’ve been taking very good care of our stroke patients for years, and we’re proud of this important reaccreditation.”

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Stroke: a Leading Cause of Death
Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 second and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

Tom Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy, is pleased that the hospital’s team of rehabilitation specialists is being recognized once again for the quality, compassionate care it provides.

“This Primary Stroke Center designation reflects the commitment of our highly skilled staff members to provide the very best in stroke management and recovery for patients and their families,” Cecconi says.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at

About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see


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