Carson Tahoe reaccredited, stroke center certified for first time

Despite battling a pandemic and operating at near capacity for months, Carson Tahoe was reaccredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality, according to a news release.

Additionally, Carson Tahoe received an early holiday surprise: the initial certification for its primary stroke center.

“There’s no question this year has presented us many challenges,” Dr. Allen Fink, Carson Tahoe vice president and chief medical officer, said in the release. “CIHQ performs accreditation surveys every three years, and this year ours just happen to fall in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.”

CIHQ is a membership-based organization comprised primarily of acute care and critical access hospitals. The purpose is to ensure its hospitals are effectively providing safe and quality patient care. According to its website, the CIHQ designation “demonstrates to patients, staff, and payers, that the care the hospital provides is a cut above the rest.”

For the first time, Carson Tahoe was designated as a CIHQ Primary Stroke Center. This certification is a disease-specific accreditation, which recognizes organizations for their implementation of evidence-based best practice to stroke patient populations.

“Our staff has diligently worked through a medical crisis, one we may (hopefully) see only once in a lifetime,” Fink said. “We’re grateful to have such a talented and compassionate team dedicated to giving great quality care.”

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