News Release-February 18th


Mercy Hospital Earns Recertification as a Primary Stroke Center
By the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)


Chicago, IL: Mercy Hospital & Medical Center was recently awarded Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization, after an extensive review of Mercy’s quality and safety standards.

“Mercy Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Once again, Mercy met or exceeded standards in every case.”

Mercy Hospital utilizes a specific Stroke treatment protocol; the specially trained multidisciplinary staff takes a comprehensive approach to stroke care that ensures that patients receive the right intervention at the right time. As a leader in stroke care, Mercy continues to participate in numerous clinical trials, offering patients the most up-to-date care.

“By awarding us Stroke Certification, HFAP has once again recognized our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. From the Emergency Room to rehabilitation and support, patients receive the most advanced treatment for stroke here at Mercy,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kramer, Mercy’s chief of Neurology and Medical Director of Mercy’s Stroke Program. The Mercy Stroke Center provides fast and accurate diagnosis and treatment.However, it’s important to know that every minute counts when it comes to stroke. When experiencing any signs and symptoms of stroke, individuals should immediately call 911. By seeking medical treatment quickly, within one to four hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, patients may be a candidate for TPA, a clot busing drug that when administered with four and a half hours of the onset of symptoms minimizes the effects of a stroke, said Dr. Kramer.


To learn more about Mercy’s Certified Stroke Center visit

About Mercy Hospital
As Chicago’s first hospital, Mercy Hospital has been caring for Chicago for more than 155 years. Committed to excellence and providing the best in quality health care, patients find world-class medicine with compassion, convenience and an undeniable spirit that sets it apart from other hospitals.  Home to one of the Nation’s leading Heart & Vascular Centers, Mercy Hospital was recently named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thompson Healthcare and designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care® by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Also home to a certified Stroke Center, Comprehensive Breast & Women’s Health Care Center, NEW Center for Weight Management, and a state-of-the-art Emergency Center that includes the Higginbottom Urgent Care for Kids Unit, Mercy provides a comprehensive approach to healthcare for the entire family. Mercy’s ideal location, just minutes south of the loop, is easily accessible by all main arteries. And at Mercy, patients and visitors will find convenient, free parking.


Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies.  For more information, go to:


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