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Just in time for National Stroke Awareness Month, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers.

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Receives the 2016 Womens Choice Award as one of Americas Best Stroke Centers

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 3, 2016) – Just in time for National Stroke Awareness Month, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers. This evidence-based designation is the only Stroke Center award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.

The list of over 487 award winners represents hospitals that have met the high standards of the Joint Commission and American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA). 

Hospitals that have earned this award must first hold an Advanced or Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, recognizing centers that meet high standards for stroke care as determined by the Joint Commission. To receive Advanced Primary certification, Stroke Centers must meet disease-specific requirements, clinically specific requirements, and expectations which include:

  • Use of a standardized method of delivering care,
  • Support for patient self-management activities,
  • Tailoring of treatment and intervention to individual needs,
  • Promotion of the flow of patient information across settings and providers, while protecting patient rights, security and privacy,
  • Analysis and use of standardized performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans, and
  • Demonstration of their application of and compliance with clinical practice guidelines published by the AHA/ASA or equivalent evidence-based guidelines.

In order to be certified as a Comprehensive Advanced Stroke Center, the center must meet additional requirements.

  • The time from emergency department arrival to head CT scan results (top 80% nationally),
  • The time from first symptoms to receiving thrombolytic therapy (top 80% nationally),
  • Provision of stoke education for patient and family before discharge (top 80% nationally),
  • Patient recommendation scores above the national average,
  • Rated Better or No Different than the U.S. National Rate for 30-day mortality measure, and
  • Rated Better or No Different than the U.S. National Rate for 30-day readmission measure.

“The women in Oklahoma are extremely fortunate to have access to one of the best Stroke Centers in America. Through our joint efforts with INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center we will empower women to make the best health care choices for her and her family,” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.