Certified Stroke Rehabilitation
Alvarado Hospital’s stroke rehabilitation program has earned the
Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission. With this designation, Alvarado becomes the
first hospital in the western United States to earn dual certification as a Primary Stroke
Center and as a Gold Seal of Approval™ stroke rehabilitation program.
To earn the Gold Seal of Approval™, which is part of the Disease-Specific
Care Certification awarded by The Joint Commission, means Alvarado’s
stroke rehabilitation program underwent an extensive on-site evaluation
by a team of surveyors. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission
standards and Clinical Practice Guidelines through an assessment of a
program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and
improve care within its own organization and interviews with patients
In 2016, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association issued
a scientific statement that recommends stroke survivors be treated in
an inpatient rehabilitation facility rather than a skilled nursing facility.
Achievement of certification signifies that the service a hospital provides
has the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.
It is the best signal to the community that the quality care a hospital
provides is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs
of stroke patients.
The Joint Commission’s surveyors found the hospital’s comprehensive
inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation program exceptional and were very
impressed by the stroke peer volunteer visitor program. They felt that
this unique program offers patients the opportunity to speak with a person
who has experienced a stroke and has truly walked a mile in their shoes.
According to the
American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause
of disability. The warning signs can be remembered with the F.A.S.T. acronym:
F - FACE DROOPING
A - ARM WEAKNESS
S - SPEECH DIFFICULTY
T - TIME TO CALL 911
For more stroke resources, visit the
American Stroke Association website.