Stroke Certification Gold SealRiverside Regional Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Riverside earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in October 2009.

“Riverside demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.
Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 second and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We’re proud to achieve the distinction,” said John Livingstone II MD, Neurologist; “The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes Riverside’s commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

Currently, Peninsulas Emergency Medical Service Council is considering a regional stroke triage plan. The plan is based on current Joint Commission evidence based practices. The practice guidelines state that if a patient is having a brain attack/stroke they should be taken to the nearest primary stroke center due to improved patient outcomes.

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003.


Published: December 18, 2009