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St. Joseph’s Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center


The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized St. Joseph’s Medical Center with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

St. Joseph’s underwent a rigorous onsite review wherein 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.  Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals that can meet the high standards of stroke care criteria.

“We are pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Don Wiley, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.” 

“St. Joseph’s Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “We commend St. Joseph’s for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

St. Joseph’s will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark. Displaying The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark signifies that St. Joseph’s meets the highest standards of care for stroke victims and is committed to providing high quality, safe and effective treatment to patients experiencing stroke.

Learn more information on The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center
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