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Joint Commission certifies 2 Primary Stroke Centers at Penn Medicine
Date:8/22/2012

PHILADELPHIA - Two Penn Medicine hospitals have received Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission for efforts to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. All three Penn Medicine hospitals are now certified to optimally treat stroke patients: Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center each received Primary Stroke Center certifications this summer and join the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), which has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center since 2004. Penn Medicine is the first Philadelphia health system to get certification for stroke care at all member hospitals.

Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center received Primary Stroke Center certification following a Joint Commission review where both facilities were found to be in compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as primary stroke center requirements, such implementing evidence based protocols and collecting the Joint Commission core measure data to use in performance improvement activities.

"This is a major step forward for Pennsylvania Hospital and the community we serve," said Howard I. Hurtig, MD, chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital, co-director of the Penn Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center and professor of Neurology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "By giving us their stamp of approval, The Joint Commission recognizes our ability to provide the very best care to patients with stroke."

A recent Penn Medicine study led by Michael Mullen, MD, assistant professor of Neurology and Vascular Medicine, presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting showed that the emergence of primary stroke centers certified by The Joint Commission has steadily improved the treatment of stroke patients. In Philadelphia, ambulances started bringing stroke
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Contact: Kim Menard
kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu
215-662-6183
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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