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AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center earns

Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Center designation

For Immediate Release:  July 31, 2017

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Atlantic City, home to the AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers.  The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.   

“This designation demonstrates our experienced team’s dedication to providing the highest quality of care in diagnosing and treating stroke, “Jorge L. Eller, M.D., cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgeon, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute and Thomas Jefferson University at ARMC. “It also highlights the team’s commitment to enhancing awareness about how vital it is to dial 911 for stroke symptoms. Time is brain.  Getting to a comprehensive stroke center is critical when it comes to treating stroke. ”

“AtlantiCare is committed to investing in the professionals, technology and programs vital to providing care for complex strokes,” said Margaret Belfield, RN, MSN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, AtlantiCare. “Our providers and staff collaborate with first responders and community hospitals to ensure patients get to our comprehensive stroke center timely.”

With this certification, ARMC joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care.  

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1951 that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.  Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality reflecting the designated organization’s commitment to meeting performance standards.

Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest of three advanced levels of certification the Joint Commission confers for stroke programs.  The others are Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH), and Primary Stroke Center (PSC). The Joint Commission designated ARMC Mainland Campus as a Primary Stroke Center in June, 2016.

To be eligible for Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.   

ARMC Atlantic City Campus underwent a rigorous on-site review in May of 2017. Joint Commission experts evaluated its compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

“By achieving these advanced certifications, ARMC has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process. The Joint Commission commends AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates AtlantiCare on achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center certification,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  “Meeting the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification represents a commitment to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.  The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2005), Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011) and recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.   

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.  The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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AtlantiCare

AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health.  It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services.  Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 90 locations.  A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010.  ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

 

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.  The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.  Learn more about The Joint Commission at www. jointcommission. org.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s number one and number five killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.  The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association.  To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke.  The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Hospital Accreditation Program visit www. heart. org/myhospital.  

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Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org

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