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.
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,
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