Published on January 05, 2021

MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland Earns Primary Stroke Center Certification

Photo of Faith Fuentes, M.D. - Neurohospitalist at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.

Faith Fuentes, M.D.
Neurohospitalist and Medical Director

Patients who are experiencing warning signs of a stroke have one more reason to make MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland their go-to place for treatment. The Medical Center was awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification by HFAP, the nation’s original independent, accreditation program. This certification confirms that the program is providing high quality care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious certification that recognizes our commitment to excellent patient outcomes,” said Faith Fuentes, M.D., neurohospitalist and medical director for the stroke program at MidMichigan Health. “We’ve built a comprehensive program based on the latest clinical protocols and our team of experts includes emergency medicine physicians, neurohospitalists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, critical care specialists and rehabilitation specialists. Through the Telestroke program, all of MidMichigan’s Emergency Departments have 24/7 access to collaborate with highly specialized stroke experts from Michigan Medicine. Together we provide rapid diagnosis and treatment planning that can save lives and preserve vital functionality.”

According to Dr. Fuentes, the Medical Center’s stroke team also provides community outreach to help patients and their families recognize the warning signs of stroke so they can take action quickly when every second counts.

“MidMichigan clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Meg Gravesmill, vice president, HFAP. “We based our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough onsite review of their stroke capabilities against standards for organizational operations and clinical services that drive patient safety and continuous quality improvement. MidMichigan has earned the distinction of HFAP certification through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

Those who would like to learn more about MidMichigan’s options for care and treatment of stroke may visit www.midmichigan.org/stroke or contact Gordon Siu M.S.N., R.N., stroke program director, and Tammy Albrecht, M.S.N., R.N., neuroscience services manager, via email at stroke@midmichigan.org.

About HFAP
Originally established in 1945, HFAP is the original healthcare accreditation program in the United States. HFAP holds deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and also is recognized by state governments and regulatory bodies, and insurers. HFAP is a nationally recognized brand of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). For more information on HFAP programs, visit www.hfap.org.

Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) has over 30 years of experience promoting safe, quality patient care. As a nationally recognized leader in accreditation, ACHC is known for providing value, integrity, and the industry’s best customer service. IN addition to programs under the HFAP brand, non-profit ACHC holds CMS deeming authority for Home Health, Hospice, Renal Dialysis, Home Infusion Therapy, and DMEPOS. For more information on ACHC, visit www.achc.org.