After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the San Ramon Regional Medical Center has earned a "Gold Seal of Approval" for certification as a Primary Stroke center.
"In stroke care time is brain," said Jean E. Range, executive director of the Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care program. "By achieving certification as a primary stroke center, San Ramon Regional Medical Center has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients."
According to Range, each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.
"We're proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission," says Gary Sloan, CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center. "We want to acknowledge the hard work and teamwork of our physicians and employees in earning this award, including Sarah Kiyoi, R.N., Stroke Program coordinator, and Dr. Kulveen Sachdeva, Stroke Program medical director."
"Special appreciation goes to Contra Costa County Health Services and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District staff who serve as first responders through the Emergency Medical Services," Sloan added.
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 and guidelines for stroke care. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health.