Friday, April 26, 2019

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and Heart-Check mark represents symbols of quality from their respective organizations.


Cookeville Regional underwent a rigorous on-site review. Joint Commission experts came to the medical center and evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.


“We are pleased to receive this two-year certification from The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Paul Korth, CEO at Cookeville Regional. “The teamwork it takes to receive this type of designation is commendable and I want to thank all the staff, physicians and leadership for their hard work to make us a Primary Stroke Center. This certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight exceptional stroke care to our community as well as to continue striving to advance our care even further.”


Patrick Phelan, executive director for Hospital Business Development for The Joint Commission, said, “Cookeville Regional has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. We applaud Cookeville Regional for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in their community.”


Nancy Brown, CEO for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, added , “We congratulate Cookeville Regional for achieving this designation. By adhering to the very specific set of treatment guidelines Cookeville Regional has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”


In the past 12 months, Cookeville Regional has treated more than 700 strokes.


“With stroke being the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the US, we know this is a need for our community and we want to educate the community on how important it is to recognize the signs and seek treatment immediately if they think they are having a stroke,” said Dr. Mark Tedford, neurohospitalist at Cookeville Regional. “Strokes affect people of all ages. We have seen strokes in teenagers up to people in their 90s right here at the medical center, and it can be devastating for that patient and their family. We are grateful for this formal recognition of the efforts of so many people at CRMC to improve the care that our stroke patients receive.”


The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke- America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit


Photo Caption:  Dr. Mark Tedford and nurse Kellie King evaluate Tyree Daniel, 71, a recovering stroke patient at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.