Kris Chaisson, vice president of nursing at Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston, far right, with members of the CMMC stroke team celebrate recertification.

LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center’s stroke team has earned recertification by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits U.S. health care organizations and programs.

According to the American Heart Association, this certification “is the most demanding and designed for those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat complex stroke cases.”

Angela Dubuc, system director of quality services, said, “At the closing session, The Joint Commission surveyor expressed how positively thrilled she was with our stroke program at CMMC. She described a team that was engaged in performance improvement, excelling in our pre-hospital, ED and ICU care.”

At a recent ceremony, Kris Chaisson, vice president of nursing at Central Maine Healthcare, presented the stroke team with the NorthSTAR Award for receiving the primary stroke center recertification. “I could not be prouder of this team,” Chaisson said. “The hard work that went into earning this certification is a reflection on how committed our stroke team is to our patients. To accomplish during one of the most challenging years of the pandemic is especially impressive.”

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