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    Orange Park Medical Center Awarded Sepsis Certification from the Joint Commission

    Last updated 21 hours ago

    Orange Park Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its Sepsis Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Orange Park Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards. Orange Park Medical Center has been awarded this certification since 2013.

    Orange Park Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in August 2014. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Orange Park Medical Center 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, Orange Park Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with sepsis," says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Orange Park Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill
    confidence in the community it serves.”

    Chad Patrick, CEO of Orange Park Medical Center, added "With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to continue along our path of excellence, with a focus on continual improvement of patient care and quality outcomes.”

    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.

    Do you know the difference between a bad headache and a migraine?

    Last updated 1 day ago

    Do you know the difference between a bad headache and a migraine? Dr. Christine Pierre of First Coast Neurology discusses the differences and treatment options available for migraines on First Coast Living.

    Orange Park Medical Center is Now a Teaching Hospital

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Orange Park Medical Center is pleased to announce they have received accreditation for two Graduate Medical Education programs – one in Internal Medicine and the second in Family Medicine. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee awarded the accreditation for Internal Medicine in September and Family Medicine in October. Residents will begin the three year programs in July 2015.

    “Becoming a teaching hospital is another big step for Orange Park Medical Center as we continue to strive to be a world class tertiary facility. The new residency program supports our commitment to our community through our delivery of top quality healthcare”, said Chad Patrick, CEO of Orange Park Medical Center.

    “We are excited to become a community based academic medical center dedicated to providing highly qualified primary care physicians in ACGME residencies in internal medicine and family medicine,” said Stephen Salerno, MD, Chief of Graduate Medical Education at Orange Park Medical Center. “We are dedicated to providing our residents with comprehensive didactic instruction with active learning techniques, a rich selection of specialty experiences and pragmatic business skills needed to thrive in a complex care environment. Our learners will receive training at the bedside from some of the most experienced specialists in the Greater Jacksonville area."

    The Internal Medicine Residency program will have a total of 30 (10 per year) accredited residents by year 2017. This Internal Medicine program will use a 4 + 1 block schedule modeled after Tulane University, allowing for dedicated time towards clinic and rotations. The Family Medicine Residency program will have a total of 18 (6 per year) accredited residents by year 2017. The Family Medicine program will have rotations covering comprehensive care for the entire family with emphasis on outpatient components.

    Orange Park Medical Center is the only teaching hospital in Clay County. As part of their lobby expansion in early 2014, dedicated classroom space has been added for the GME programs. For more information, contact the GME office at 904-639-2000 or visit www.OrangeParkMedical.com/GME.

    Understanding What Happens During a Hemorrhagic Stroke

    Last updated 6 days ago

    The majority of all incidences of stroke involve ischemic strokes. The remainder is hemorrhagic strokes. When a stroke occurs, it’s vital to recognize the symptoms and arrange for emergency care. When emergency care is received in a timely manner, survival rates improve. Additionally, prompt emergency care may reduce the severity of the lifelong complications that may follow a stroke.

    How a Hemorrhagic Stroke Occurs

    Unlike an ischemic stroke, which is caused by a blood clot, a hemorrhagic stroke is caused by the rupturing of a blood vessel within the brain. When bleeding on the brain occurs, the sensitive brain tissue sustains damage. There are two ways that a blood vessel within the brain can burst. It is possible for a patient to have an aneurysm, which is an area of the blood vessel that is weaker than usual. Unless a patient receives treatment for the aneurysm at the local hospital, the blood vessel will continue to grow weaker. Finally, it will rupture and cause bleeding within the brain. A hemorrhagic stroke may also occur due to arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). These refer to a group of blood vessels within the brain that aren’t formed properly. These abnormal blood vessels have a higher risk of rupturing.

    Which Symptoms May Develop

    As bleeding on the brain occurs and the brain tissue sustains damage, various symptoms will arise. The specific symptoms a patient will experience depend on the area of the brain that is affected by the bleeding. The symptoms of stroke appear abruptly. If you experience a very severe headache, vision loss, blurry vision, confusion, fainting, or dizziness, seek emergency care. Other possible stroke symptoms include nausea, vomiting, impaired communication, problems walking, and numbness or weakness on one side of the body.

    Orange Park Medical Center has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, which recognizes our hospital’s dedication to excellence. Our emergency care professionals can quickly identify the signs of a possible stroke to facilitate prompt treatment. To learn more about risk factors of stroke, Orange Park residents may speak with a registered nurse by calling (904) 297-3525.

    Orange Park Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission

    Last updated 9 days ago

    The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Orange Park Medical Center again with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Orange Park Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Orange Park Medical Center is the only Primary Stroke Center in Clay County.

    Orange Park Medical Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in August 2013. A Joint Commission expert reviewed Orange Park Medical Center’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

    "In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Orange Park Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients,” says Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Orange Park Medical Center 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 based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. Orange Park Medical Center has been awarded this certification since 2009.

    “Orange Park Medical Center is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” said Chad Patrick, CEO. “In addition to our The 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 care overall for our community.”

    Orange Park Medical Center will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Orange Park Medical Center is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.

    For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.

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