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Ozarks Medical Center awarded HFAP Primary Stroke Certification

Stroke Team provides comprehensive, quick treatment for stroke patients

Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) was awarded primary stroke certification by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the nation’s original independent accreditation program. The certification confirms that the multidisciplinary stroke team at OMC is providing high-quality care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

“Ozarks Medical Center clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of AAHHS, HFAP’s non-profit parent company. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough on-site review of the HFAP primary stroke certification against standards for organizational operations and clinical services that drive patient safety and continuous quality improvement. OMC has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious certification,” said Tom Keller, President, and CEO, Ozarks Medical Center. “Earning HFAP primary stroke certification is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

OMC’s multidisciplinary stroke team is made up of nurses, physicians, neurologists, ambulance services, therapists, and Emergency Department personnel who respond to stroke. Stroke is an emergency where every minute counts. People need to be aware and call 911. The signs of stroke are easy to remember using the acronym FAST (face, arm, speech, time): Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 911.

About Ozarks Medical Center:

Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 16 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually, in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas.

About HFAP:
HFAP is a nationally recognized program of AAHHS, offering accreditation and specialty certifications to serve a range of healthcare organizations. Originally established in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accreditation program in the United States. HFAP holds deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and also is recognized by state governments and regulatory bodies, and insurers.

HFAP’s mission is to be the valued partner for healthcare organizations committed to improving their quality of care, through accreditation/certification standards and continuing education, with a focus on advancing the health and welfare of their communities. For more information, visit www.hfap.org.

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