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McKenzie Health System Achieves ACHC Stroke Ready Recertification

Photo (l to r): Sam Mousseau, Paramedic; Rebecca Stoliker, BSN, RN,  Director of Nursing Services; Lacey Shea, RN, Emergency Department and Trauma Program Manager; Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP, Emergency Department and Trauma Program Medical Director; and Ashlynn Sylvester, EMT.

McKenzie Health System proudly announces it has achieved Stroke Ready recertification through Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of emergency stroke care. ACHC is a nonprofit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986.

Certification is a process through which healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Certification by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

“This certification underscores our dedication to addressing strokes and meeting the needs of the community,” stated Steve Barnett, President and CEO of McKenzie Health System. “We feel privileged to be recognized for this significant accomplishment, highlighting our commitment to delivering exceptional care to our patients. I want to express gratitude for the outstanding dedication and hard work of our Laboratory, Radiology, Patient Access Services, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Department. Special acknowledgment goes to Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH, Medical Director of the Emergency Department; Lacey Shea, RN, Stroke Program Manager & ED Manager; Rebecca Stoliker, RN, Director of Nursing; our stroke robot team at Ascension Michigan; and the entire staff at McKenzie Health System. Our successes are a collective effort, never the outcome of individual efforts.”

McKenzie Health System stands as a reliable provider of swift and expert emergency and trauma care, catering to the needs of Sanilac County and the neighboring communities. Our Emergency Department is well-equipped to handle a diverse range of medical emergencies, including critical health conditions, earning the confidence and trust of our local community. Notably, our Emergency Department has earned a number of certifications in addition to this most recent recertification, affirming our commitment to maintaining high standards of care:

· Level IV Trauma Facility: Ensuring preparedness to handle trauma cases effectively.

· Joint Commission “Acute Heart Attack Ready” Certified: Recognizing our readiness to provide immediate care for acute heart attack cases.

· Mission: Lifeline STEMI Certified: Demonstrating our dedication to prompt and efficient care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) cases.

· Emergency Stroke Care-Telemedicine (in conjunction with Ascension Michigan - NeuroOnCall Telemed Network): Enhancing our stroke care through telemedicine collaboration.

· Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department: Acknowledging our specialized care for the elderly in emergency situations.

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