Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - STPH Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers



COVINGTON – St. Tammany Parish Hospital announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American StrokeAssociation’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. 

St. Tammany Parish Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review in June. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.


"This was accomplished by the coordinated efforts of multidisciplinary teams working together to ensure success,” said Kerry Milton, Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer. “The Joint Commission surveyor was overly impressed with the program we have put together, and found no requirements for impr

ovement (RFI). Completing a survey with no RFIs is an impressive accomplishment!”


“This certification recognizes our exceptional stroke capabilities,” said Patti Ellish, CEO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “We are proud to be 

named among the nation’s Advanced Primary Stroke Centers.”


Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s


Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).


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.



About The Joint Commission:

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. To learn more visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no ad valorem tax funding.