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Alvarado Hospital’s stroke rehabilitation program has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke Rehabilitation from The Joint Commission, which is the second time the hospital's program has received this prestigious designation.

Alvarado was the first hospital in the western United States to earn dual certification as an advanced 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.

"Achievement of certification signifies that the service a hospital provides has the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes," said Peggy Bailey, chief nursing officer, Alvarado Hospital. "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.

To learn more about stroke programs and care at Alvarado, call Mary Williams at 619-229-7362.