Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission Awarded to The George Washington University Hospital

Washington, DC (May 23) – The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized The George Washington University Hospital with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. The George Washington University Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that the program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

GW Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review in April 2014. A Joint Commission expert reviewed GW Hospital’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such as collecting Joint Commission core measure data and using it for performance improvement activities.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, GW Hospital 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 The George Washington University Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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.

“GW Hospital is committed to providing our patients the highest quality stroke care built upon the latest scientific research to strive for the best outcomes possible,” said Barry Wolfman, CEO and Managing Director of GW Hospital. “This gives us the opportunity to highlight that commitment.”

GW Hospital will now display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark signaling it has earned this achievement.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.

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