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Comprehensive Stroke Center Receives Recertification

The Comprehensive Stroke Center received its third Comprehensive Stroke Recertification on Friday, March 1, by the Joint Commission.

The certification is the most demanding certification and designed for hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. This is the highest level of stroke certification available.

"The stroke team feels we have a responsibility to the community we serve," said Laurie Paletz, BSN, PHN, RN-BC SCRN, the stroke program manager in the Department of Neurology. "We take that responsibility very seriously."

The survey took place over two days and included two surveyors. At the completion of the rigorous survey, the surveyors shared they were extremely impressed with the level of expertise, the high-level patient care delivered and the passion and commitment of the multi-disciplinary team.

In the closing conference, the surveyors said in reviewing 150 other programs,  Cedars-Sinai was by far the best stroke program they had seen. In the surveyor's words, "this is how it's supposed to be done."

"Congratulations to everyone involved in the successful survey," added Paletz.