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Joint Commission Names Gwinnett Medical Center Hospitals as Primary Stroke Centers

08.01.2011

Certification is Achieved for Sixth Consecutive Year

Lawrenceville, Ga.–Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC)’s hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth have been designated as Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission, the nation's predominant accrediting body in health care. Such a designation recognizes hospitals that make dramatic efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients.

GMC first received the designation over six years ago and has maintained it since that time. The system’s program includes stroke research studies that offer investigational medications, education like stroke screenings for the community and internal education including regular mock training, among other components.

“Each day, GMC staff works tirelessly to make every patient’s experience the best it can be, which is reflected in our recertification as Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and serves as guide for our community when making critical decisions,” said Phillip Wolfe, GMC’s president and CEO. “I have a depth of gratitude to all of the staff at each level who provide the highest quality healthcare to our patients.”

“In stroke care time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Gwinnett 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.”

GMC’s acute stroke care begins when a person experiencing a stoke presents either by ambulance or through the emergency department. The stroke team is then activated to begin tests to determine the best treatment to lessen or alleviate the effects of stroke. Once the patient is expedited through the emergency department, he or she is admitted to the stroke unit and, if appropriate, reviewed by GMC’s internationally accredited Glancy Rehabilitation Center, which is a designated Stroke Specialty Program.

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. 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 United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

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.

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. 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 Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.