In March 2016, Highlands became the first hospital in the state to be recognized as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. Acute Stroke Ready facilities are recognized for establishing evidence based processes that ensure the finest care to patients experiencing an acute stroke.
Highlands recently underwent a rigorous onsite review where DNV experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.
The certification of Acute Stroke Ready Hospital ensures that an organization can provide the services necessary for treatment of stroke patients. In Kentucky, recent legislative changes ensure that patients experiencing signs and symptoms of a stroke are transported by EMS to facilities that have demonstrated competency in stroke care through certification.
As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors will visit Highlands annually to monitor the hospital's adherence to patient safety criteria established by CMS and to evaluate processes that impact patient care across various departments and facilities of the hospital.