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The Chester County Hospital Designated Primary Stroke Center By The Joint Commission

The Chester County Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission and is the first designated Primary Stroke Center in Chester County. The nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, the Joint Commission awarded the certification after conducting a comprehensive site review in June 2008.

"The Chester County Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients," says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every45 second and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

"This national recognition provides an important, independent evaluation and confirmation of our commitment to excellence," says H.L. Perry Pepper, President and CEO of The Chester County Hospital. "We are proud to be the first designated Primary Stroke Center in Chester County."

"The Chester County Hospital voluntarily pursued this comprehensive review of its stroke program to confirm the success that we were seeing in our internal Hospital of Distinction Campaign," says Michael Barber, Chief Operating Officer of The Chester County Hospital. "Launched in January 2006, the Hospital of Distinction Campaign and its 16 task forces mobilized and focused the entire Hospital on achieving excellent results for our patients."

Dianne Lanham, Patient Safety and Quality Officer at The Chester County Hospital stated, "Receiving this advanced certification and designation as a Primary Stroke Center reflects the success of our approach to multidisciplinary, patient-centered care at the Hospital and is a wonderful external confirmation of our team environment."

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. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

Last Updated: 6/22/2009