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Alvarado Hospital was named this week in USA Today as earning the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. One of the few centers in San Diego to earn this distinction, Alvarado was soon named after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in December.

The USA Today article notes primary stroke centers throughout the U.S. which meet the stringent “Gold Standard” guidelines of the Joint Commission. “Alvarado Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Jean Range, RN, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“We’re proud to achieve the distinction,” said Harris Koenig, chief executive officer of Alvarado Hospital. “Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes Alvarado’s commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, making strokes the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. While a leading killer there are 4.7 million stroke survivors in the nation today.

Through its affiliation with the UCSD, Alvarado is the first hospital in East San Diego County to provide remote stroke monitoring and participates in national clinical trials related to researching advanced treatments of stroke.

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.

Read the story in USA Today