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Community Regional Medical Center was the first hospital in the Valley to be certified as a primary stroke center, earning the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission. This certification reflects the commitment to front-line stroke care in central California, and is critical because it means patients can count on Community Regional to deliver the highest level of stroke care across the continuum of care. In addition, a committed team of highly competent staff lead efforts in achieving and maintaining this unique designation.
What does this mean for patients?
Our program, with its top physicians and specially trained stroke nurses, gives you the highest level for stroke care. The certification means our stroke care program has the most up-to-date care available.
According to the Joint Commission’s certification, we demonstrated that our stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. We have top physicians in multiple specialties contributing to the care of each stroke patient – from the time they come into our emergency department to the time they return home. It’s a coordinated care pathway from arrival to discharging our patients.
Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s fifth 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. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at http://www.jointcommission.org/.