McKINNEY (July 10, 2014) — The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, recently recognized Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) with advanced certification for Primary Stroke Centers. With initial certification in 2007, this recent achievement marks the fourth re-certification of MCM’s Primary Stroke Center.

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“Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Medical Center of McKinney for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Medical Center of McKinney has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for stroke patients.”

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals such as MCM.

In the past year alone, the experienced team at MCM’s Primary Stroke Center treated hundreds of patients affected by stroke.

“MCM’s Primary Stroke Center is totally committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” says, Ernest C. Lynch, III, FACHE, MCM Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community. In addition to providing confident and collaborative care for our patients, our team also delivers care with kindness and professionalism to each and every individual.”

MCM will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its advanced certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Displaying the seal signifies that MCM’s Primary Stroke Center is providing the “next generation of stroke or heart failure care,” and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of stroke.


About Medical Center of McKinney

Medical Center of McKinney (MCM) is a growing 260-bed hospital with a 90-year history of serving the health care needs of McKinney and the surrounding communities. Over the past several years, MCM has strengthened its medical foundations by adding two new surgical robots, a newly remodeled labor and delivery suites, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), an advanced biplane catherization (cath) lab to treat heart rhythm disorders, and opening the McKinney Senior Health Clinic, which is designed specifically for individuals over the age of 65 on Medicare. Medical Center of McKinney is part of the HCA North Texas Division of hospitals. Medical Center of McKinney will be expanding its services to the community with the addition of a new off-campus emergency department at 380 & Custer in 2015. For more information visit