JUPITER MEDICAL CENTER AWARDED CERTIFICATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION
FOR THIRD TIME FOR STROKE CENTER
February 23, 2012 – Jupiter, FL - After undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Jupiter Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center for the third consecutive time. Jupiter Medical Center first achieved the distinction in 2008.
“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Jupiter Medical Center has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims which can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 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.
“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” says Steven Seeley, VP, Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer. “We are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community. With just over 800 certified Stroke Centers in the nation, we take great pride in our team and in our superior program.”
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 and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.qualitycheck.org.
About 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 evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit 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.
About Jupiter Medical Center
A not-for-profit 283-bed community Medical Center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in orthopedics and spine, geriatrics, minimally invasive surgical procedures including robotic surgery, emergency services, cardiac services, obstetrics, cancer care, advanced diagnostics and rehabilitation. Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center is top ranked in Palm Beach County by U.S. News & World Report, and was recognized as “high performing” in five specialty areas, including cancer, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, kidney disorders, and neurology and neurosurgery. The Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 520 physicians and 700 volunteers. For more information, please call 561-263-2234 or visit the website at www.jupitermed.com.
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