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Allen Hospital Earns Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care

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Nurse walking with stroke patient.

Allen Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Center Certification.

On May 24, Allen Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review by the Joint Commission. During the visit, a team of reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards including delivering and facilitating the highest quality stroke care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“We are extremely excited to be able to continue to provide the best care and outcomes to the patients in the Cedar Valley and surrounding areas. Continuing to strive for Primary Stroke Center Certification shows our dedication to our community,” says Kate Bolick, stroke coordinator and neurology nurse practitioner.

“In order to maintain primary stroke center certification, we continuously monitor the processes utilized to care for patients who show stroke-like symptoms. We also review patient outcomes to see if there are ways we can improve care,” explains Bolick.

“Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes health care organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Allen Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for stroke patients.”

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

About UnityPoint Health – Waterloo
UnityPoint Health – Waterloo includes a 204-bed, non-profit community hospital and 27 family practice and specialty clinics serving the Cedar Valley. As a part of UnityPoint Health, a healthcare organization with locations in three states, the UnityPoint Health Waterloo is part of a health system that cares for one out of every three patients in Iowa. As the busiest hospital in the Cedar Valley, Allen Hospital cares for more inpatients, outpatients, emergency patients and cardiac patients than any other hospital in the 10-county service area. To learn more about UnityPoint Health Waterloo’s services, visit

About the Joint Commission
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies over 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is a relentless force for a world with fewer strokes and longer, healthier lives. We team with millions of volunteers and donors to ensure equitable health and stroke care in all communities. We work to prevent, treat and beat stroke by funding innovative research, fighting for the public’s health, and providing lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based association was created in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit