Methodist Healthcare December 26, 2019

San Antonio, TX - In addition to being accredited by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak has also earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification of Stroke Rehabilitation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

In October, a team of surveyors from The Joint Commission visited Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the stroke rehabilitation program. The reviewers specifically analyzed how the program uses clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

"Receiving this certification during our first-ever evaluation is a direct reflection of our entire stroke rehabilitation team's discipline and commitment to improving the care of each patient by upholding The Joint Commission's performance standards," said Marc Strode, CEO of Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak. "In Q4, we ranked in the 99th percentile in patient experience with an overall 80 percent Discharge to Community Measure. We provide our patients with the safest and highest quality care so they can return home healthy."

As the fastest growing rehabilitation unit in HCA history, Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak's newly established stroke rehabilitation program is dedicated to ensuring effective and exceptional care for each patient. The program includes a variety of services, such as: individual therapy (physical, occupational and speech) provided five to six days a week, a mandatory evaluation by our psychologist, stroke education classes, our stroke support group and home evaluations with our therapy team.

"Disease-Specific Care Certification program of Spine Surgery Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care," says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. "We commend Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for spine patients."