Texas Stroke Institute
September 20, 2015

Medical City Lewisville’s Rehabilitation Institute has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Stroke Rehabilitation Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. This is the first certified stroke rehabilitation program in Denton County. The certification award recognizes Medical City Lewisville’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

The Medical City Lewisville underwent a rigorous on-site review earlier this year. A Joint Commission expert evaluated the Rehabilitation Institute for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Medical City Lewisville’s Rehabilitation Institute has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients needing stroke rehabilitation," says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Medical City Lewisville for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission certification in stroke rehabilitation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Doug Nickles, Assistant Vice President of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Services. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in stroke rehabilitation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide to patients and their families.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.