PHILADELPHIA (April 18 2008) – Hahnemann University has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Hahnemann University Hospital earned this distinction following a review by the Joint Commission.
“Hahnemann University Hospital demonstrated that our stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Joann Lucas, MSM, CPHQ, Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at Hahnemann University Hospital, “A lot of hard work and energy went into earning this distinction, and I am very proud of our accomplishments.”
According to the American Heart Association, approximately 780,000 people in the United States experience a stroke each year, 600,000 of these are first attacks and 180,000 are recurrent. Stroke is the third most prevalent cause of death in the United States behind diseases of the heart and cancer.
“Hahnemann University Hospital is dedicated to providing stroke patients with optimal care,” stated Michael Halter, Chief Executive Officer of Hahnemann University Hospital, “We are pleased to have received this designation.”
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/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003.
About The Joint Commission The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. 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 Hahnemann University HospitalHahnemann University Hospital is a 541-bed academic medical center at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure and transplantation, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation. Hahnemann has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top fifty hospitals for heart care and is also recognized by the American Heart Association as a leader in coronary artery disease and heart failure treatments. The hospital performed one of the city’s first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976. Hahnemann became Philadelphia’s first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults in 1986, and since then has been served by MidAtlantic MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is proud to be the first hospital in Philadelphia to join with The Wellness Community of Philadelphia to offer onsite support and education services to cancer patients and their families. Hahnemann is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. An affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital is part of Tenet Pennsylvania, which also includes St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. To learn more about Hahnemann, visit www.hahnemannhospital.com
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