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Stroke Program Earns TJC Gold Seal

Posted: January 8, 2019

NorthBay Healthcare announced in December that it has earned 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.  

NorthBay underwent a rigorous onsite review in October to earn this recertification. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“NorthBay has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend NorthBay for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate NorthBay for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines NorthBay has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“Achievement of recertification of our program demonstrates that we consistently strive to provide quality care for our patients, and demonstrates that we remain committed to providing optimal care for prevention and management of stroke,” said Beth Gladney, NorthBay Stroke Program manager.

“The achievement of recertification would not be possible without the collaboration and teamwork demonstrated across the organization, as well as with our pre-hospital and post-acute partners,” she added.

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

Stroke is the No. 5 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.