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IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification For Primary Stroke Centers

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—MUNCIE-  Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review by Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

"IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers," said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. "We commend IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community."

"We are very honored to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association," said Dr. Jeffrey Bird, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Medical Officer at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. "The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further."

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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