Mercy Hospital Reaccredited as a Certified Stroke Center

News Release: March 5, 2015


Mercy Hospital Reaccredited as a Certified Stroke Center
By Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)


Chicago, IL: Mercy Hospital & Medical Center recently earned recertification as a Primary Stroke Center from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Primary Stroke Certification serves as a notice that Mercy Hospital has the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care, and administer tPA and other acute therapies safely and efficiently.


"This certification signifies that Mercy Hospital has continued to demonstrate and is clearly committed to providing excellent stroke care to its patients," said Josh Prober, Chief Executive Officer of HFAP. "Hospitals that have established stroke centers have demonstrated improved treatment, better patient outcomes, and reduced costs. Moreover, Primary Stroke centers have the required infrastructure and protocols in place to stabilize and provide rapid and evidence-based care to acute stroke patients," added Prober.


HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006 and currently offers the most options for facilities seeking stroke care certification. HFAP is the nation's only accreditation program that certifies the full Stroke Continuum – Stroke Ready, Primary Stroke and Comprehensive Stroke. HFAP stroke certification differs from other certification programs in that it provides a three-year certification award with a mid-cycle review at 18 months. In addition, for reimbursement eligibility, hospitals must submit quarterly clinical performance measures to the HFAP office and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In order to achieve Primary Stroke Certification, Mercy Hospital had to meet the following standards:


Primary Stroke Certification:

•The program director must have extensive experience in acute stroke

•Stroke code team arrival at bedside must be within 15 minutes

•Lab testing and advanced imaging capabilities must be available 24/7

•Must have access to neurologists 24/7

•Must have neurosurgical expertise available or able to transfer patients within two hours

•Must have a designation stroke unit

•Staff must meet education requirements


"We are proud to achieve HFAP's prestigious Primary Stroke Certification. Our staff has worked tirelessly to achieve this certification and it reflects our dedication to excellent patient care and service," said Dr. Jeffrey Kramer, Mercy's Chief of Neurology and Medical Director of Mercy's Stroke Program. "In awarding us Primary Stroke Certification, HFAP has provided us with the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional stroke care we provide to our patients and our commitment to the well-being of our community and surrounding communities."


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About Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is committed to excellence, providing the best in quality health care for Chicago. As a leader in stroke care, Mercy provides a comprehensive approach that integrates our "Fast Track" Emergency Center, an advanced stroke treatment protocol, and individualized rehabilitation plan. Having met and exceeded rigorous guidelines for stroke care, Mercy was recently recertified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and was named one of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare study, based on national standards of clinical outcomes--the things that matter most. Other distinguished areas of excellence at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center include a nationally certified pulmonary rehabilitation program, Comprehensive Breast & Women's Health Care Center, a Center for Weight Management, and Integrative Medicine & Wellness Program. 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. To learn more about Mercy Hospital, visit


About HFAP:
The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This authority allows HFAP to provide accreditation to all hospitals, ambulatory care/surgical facilities, mental health facilities, physical rehabilitation facilities, clinical laboratories and critical access hospitals. HFAP's surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic disciplines. The HFAP mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards.


HFAP has been certifying stroke centers since 2006 and currently offers the most options for facilities seeking stroke care certification.


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