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Stroke Program Certified as a Primary Stroke Center

Joint Commission Certification is Effective September 10

Cedars-Sinai's Stroke Program has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission -- a prestigious distinction that recognizes our commitment to following national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

This certification, which became effective September 10, is only awarded to those stroke centers that can successfully pass a rigorous on-site review by The Joint Commission's independent surveyor.

"Achieving Primary Stroke Center certification is the result of a concerted effort among a very large team of professionals committed to improving every aspect of stroke care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, research, community outreach and patient support," said David Palestrant, M.D, Director of Neuro-Critical Care and Stroke Program at Cedars-Sinai.

Earlier this year, Cedars-Sinai's Stroke Program also received the Gold Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for success in using the "Get With The Guidelines - Stroke" program - an award given to centers that have maintained high performance levels for two years or more.

The program draws on the expertise of neurologists, endovascular neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, neurointensivists, stroke neurologists, interventional neuroradiologists, rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, social workers, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and a stroke nurse specialist.

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.