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Rose de Lima and Siena Recertified for Primary Stroke Centers


Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican announced that both its Rose de Lima and Siena Campuses have been recertified with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.

The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. The Rose de Lima campus has been a primary stroke center since 2011 and Siena since 2010.

Both St. Rose campuses underwent rigorous onsite reviews in December. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

"Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima and Siena campuses have thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through their Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers," said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "We commend St. Rose for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community."

"We congratulate Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican’s Rose de Lima and Siena campuses for achieving this designation for multiple years," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, St. Rose has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke."

"St. Rose is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association," said Brian Brannman, senior vice president of operations, Dignity Health Nevada. "The certification provides the Rose de Lima and Siena campuses the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further."

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers" (JAMA, 2000) and the "Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers" (Stroke, 2011).

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.

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