Big Rapids Hospital

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Receives Primary Stroke Certification

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., May 24, 2021 – Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital has received Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission. This announcement followed rigorous evaluation, including a March 29 on-site survey at the hospital.

The Primary Stroke Center Certification acknowledges that Big Rapids Hospital has the resources and processes to care for acute stroke patients with goals to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

“This recognition is a testament to the cohesive teamwork and high standard of excellence that we are prepared to deliver to our stroke patients,” said Adam Kelly, MD, an emergency department physician. “Our emergency department stands ready at all hours of the day to rapidly assess with cutting edge technology and work with a multi-specialty stroke team to consistently deliver high-quality care. Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies this care will be in line with national standards and is an important part of our commitment to providing excellent patient outcomes.”

Big Rapids Hospital also participates in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines,” a hospital program aimed at improving acute stroke treatment and prevention of stroke and cardiovascular events. The guidelines focus on quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients through evidence-based medicine and comparative data for quality improvement.

“I am so proud of our teams who, day in and day out, display tremendous collaboration and dedication in providing outstanding care to our stroke patients and our community,” said Carolyn Leja, chief nursing officer at Big Rapids Hospital. “The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification affirms the exemplary stroke care we are providing at Big Rapids Hospital.”

Learn more about Spectrum Health’s stroke program at


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