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Stroke Center Certification

Joint COmmission Gold SealThe Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has recognized Augusta Health with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers through an onsite recertification visit. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization's dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Augusta Health's Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Augusta Health has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its stroke patients," says Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends (name of organization) for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

Each year about 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's fifth leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

Augusta Health is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment. In addition to our The Joint Commission accreditation, the Primary Stroke Center Certification has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.

- Augusta Health Nursing Director

Developed in collaboration with the American Stroke Association and launched in 2003, The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification program is based on the Brain Attack Coalition's "Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers." Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nations' oldest and largest standards setting and accrediting body in health care.

For more information visit The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association.