Certified Stroke Rehabilitation

Certified Stroke Rehabilitation

stroke rehabilitation in San DiegoAlvarado 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 and staff.

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. READ MORE.

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.

Know Stroke

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:





For more stroke resources, visit the American Stroke Association website.