Little Company of Mary Hospital Re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is proud to announce it has been re-accredited and re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission – the independent, not-for-profit organization that reviews healthcare performance standards.

After undergoing a vigorous certification process that involved an on-site evaluation and demonstration of compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke, Little Company of Mary’s Stroke Center earned the Gold Seal of Approval through the assessment.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” Michael Schwartz, M.D., Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center at LCMH. “LCMH always has been committed to providing excellent medical care for patients presenting with acute stroke symptoms, and this accreditation further attests to the ongoing commitment to quality coordination of care by the physicians and medical team to achieve the best possible outcomes for them.”

To qualify as a Primary Stroke Center, a hospital must have the following criteria in place at all times: Written emergency protocols, a written transfer agreement with a hospital that has neurosurgical expertise, the ability to administer clot-busting drugs, such as TPA, the ability to conduct brain imaging tests, such as CT and MRIs at all times and maintenance of stroke patient logs available for review.

“We are extremely proud of our dedicated and competent multidisciplinary Acute Stroke Team Members,” adds Katie Hunt, RN, Manager of the Stroke Unit at LCMH. “They successfully integrate evidence based practice recommendations and effectively communicate and collaborate to ensure high quality patient outcomes and patient/family satisfaction.”

Recognizing the key symptoms of stroke is vital for treatment, and outcomes for certain types of stroke and are vastly improved if patients are treated within initial hours of suffering the symptoms. Acute stroke signs and symptoms include:


  • Uneven smile
  • Facial droop/numbness
  • Vision disturbance in one or both eyes
  • Double, blurred or blackened vision


  • Weakness, numbness, difficulty walking
  • Balance or coordination difficulties


  • Slurred speech
  • Inappropriate words
  • Mute
  • Difficulty understanding words
  • Confusion


  • This is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Call 9-1-1.


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About Little Company of Mary Hospital:

Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit hospital based in Evergreen Park. For nearly 90 years, LCMH has held a long tradition of serving the needs of women and their families. Our Women’s Center for Life and Health provides a wide array of women’s healthcare needs conveniently under one roof – from routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality, provides new medical advances and offers a convenient range of services to our community. If you need assistance finding a Little Company of Mary physician that’s right for you, please contact Physician Match – a free healthcare referral service that provides detailed biographical information on many physicians within a variety of medical specialties. Call 708.423.3070 or 1.866.540.LCMH or visit



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