September/October 2007

Mercy-Des Moines Receives Stroke Center Accreditation

Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Mercy, the only designated Primary Stroke Center in central Iowa, was also awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality and safety. Through Mercy’s Stroke Alert protocol, all strokes are treated like traumas, with a special stroke response team mobilized. Treatment times for stroke patients have been reduced 40 minutes using this standardized protocol. For more information, contact Gregg Lagan of Mercy at