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Alvarado Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers—one of the few in the San Diego area. Alvarado earned this designation after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in December.

“Alvarado Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says Jean Range, RN, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.

“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.”

The Primary Stroke designation is considered the best signal to our community that the quality care the hospital provides is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients.

Each year, about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is 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. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

Through its affiliation with the UCSD, Alvarado was the first hospital in East 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. A list of certified programs certified is listed on the Joint Commission's Website.