Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato awarded advanced certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission

January 15, 2014

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that its program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

 “As part of Mayo Clinic, we are thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” says Andrew Reeves, M.D., co-medical director of the Primary Stroke Program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato . “In addition to our Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients and help us improve overall care for our community.”

Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2013. A Joint Commission expert reviewed the organization’s performance in using scientifically-based, effective stroke care. In addition, Mayo’s approach to continuous improvement of stroke care was assessed. The review noted that Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato has made great progress in raising the quality of stroke care.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process, and The Joint Commission commends Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.


Mayo Clinic Health System consists of Mayo-owned clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 70 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest quality health care close to home.

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