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IU Health Arnett Hospital receives top recognitions for stroke care

September 28, 2023

Lafayette, Ind. – In recognition of its commitment to delivering high quality care for patients who’ve had a stroke, IU Health Arnett Hospital has received two important recognitions: Primary Stroke Center Advanced recertification from The Joint Commission and the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

“Strokes are so common. Nearly everyone knows someone who has had a stroke,” says Kelli Peo Johnson, stroke program coordinator for Arnett Hospital. “In fact, stroke is a top cause1 of disability in the United States. This double recognition shows that Arnett Hospital is truly providing our patients with the best, most up-to-date treatment in stroke care.”

Primary Stroke Center Advanced recertification
Joint Commission standards, the gold standard in hospital accreditation and certification, are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

Recertification as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission signifies the Arnett Hospital team’s commitment to continual improvement and growth as best practices and evidence-based treatments evolve over time. This certification is valid through July 2025.

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award
Likewise, the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association demonstrates a sustained level of excellence in stroke care.

Hospitals that receive this award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for two consecutive calendar years or more. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated compliance to an additional level of quality during the 24-month or greater period.

Stroke is the fifth-most common cause of death and a leading cause of disability in America. Strokes happen when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a clot in a blood vessel to the brain bursts—depriving the brain of blood and oxygen and killing brain cells, which can lead to permanent disability, brain damage or death. Early detection and treatment are crucial to improving chances of survival and minimizing disability.


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