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Sequoia Hospital Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

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The Sequoia Hospital stroke care team provides a coordinated response and specialized care 24 hours a day.

REDWOOD CITY, CA. (March 26, 2018) – Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital has once again received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

“This designation is a testament to the prompt diagnosis and treatment provided by Sequoia’s experienced stroke team that leads to improved outcomes for our patients,” said Bill Graham, Sequoia Hospital president. “Response time is the most critical element, as a patient can lose two million brain cells per minute after a stroke. Our team works tirelessly to provide safe, high-quality, and fast stroke care to our community.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. Sequoia Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review during which Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

The Sequoia Hospital stroke care team provides a coordinated response and specialized care 24 hours a day. To learn more about stroke care at Sequoia Hospital, visit


About Sequoia Hospital

Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital providing innovative and exceptional health care for generations of Bay Area residents. Sequoia’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a nationally known pioneer in advanced cardiac care, affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. Sequoia has received national recognition from Healthgrades for superior patient safety and was named as one of America’s top 100 hospitals for cardiac care. Our Total Joint Replacement program is a designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, and our Birth Center is consistently ranked as a favorite among Peninsula families. We are also known for our comprehensive emergency care and leading-edge tomosynthesis 3-D mammogram technology. Our new state-of-the-art Pavilion combines the most advanced medical and surgical services with a unique healing environment, including private, spacious rooms and inviting garden areas. To support programs at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital, visit the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

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