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Medical center's heart failure, stroke programs recertified by Joint Commission

Orange, Calif., March 31, 2010 UC Irvine Healthcare's heart failure program and Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center have again earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, healthcare's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body.

Joint Commission certification recognizes an organization's diligence in meeting rigorous performance standards accepted nationwide as benchmarks for superior patient care.

"This comprehensive, independent evaluation from The Joint Commission reflects our commitment to the Orange County community," said Terry A. Belmont, chief executive officer of UC Irvine Medical Center. "Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care possible. This accomplishment is exceptionally rewarding and a testament to all their hard work."

To achieve the Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo a voluntary on-site survey by a Joint Commission team at least every two years and satisfy performance requirements in such key areas as patients' rights, patient treatment and infection control.

In March, the heart failure program and Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center received an unannounced visit by Joint Commission reviewers, who in addition to interviewing patients and staff assessed their practices and ability to internally evaluate and improve care.

The UC Irvine heart failure program's certification for disease-specific care in 2008 was the first awarded by The Joint Commission to a Southern California hospital or medical center. The Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center has held advanced certification from The Joint Commission since 2004 and was among the nation's first academic medical facilities to be designated a primary stroke center.

Led by Dr. Vivek Jain, it offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment including specialty care by interventional radiologists for stroke patients and others with diseases affecting the blood vessels that supply the brain. For more information, visit

The heart failure program, directed by Dr. Dawn Lombardo, provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care utilizing the most current medicines, devices, surgical therapies and technology and fosters new approaches to heart failure through a large, active research program. For more information, visit


Contact: John Murray
University of California - Irvine

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