Southern Regional Medical Center has received The Joint Commission’s
Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification
for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check
mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.
“This recertification represents the hospital’s success and
strong commitment to meeting the high-performance standards of stroke
care that are critical to achieving long-term success in improving patient
outcomes,” states Vikram Mandadi, MD, Cardiologist and Chief Medical
Officer at Southern Regional. “The hospital first earned Primary
Stroke Center certification in 2008 and has continually been recertified
acknowledging our proficiency in providing advanced care to the community
To earn the accreditation, Southern Regional underwent a “rigorous
onsite review” to assess its compliance with the Joint Commission’s
Advanced Disease-Specific Care certification requirements. Those requirements
focus on having a dedicated stroke-focused program, staffed by qualified
medical professionals trained in stroke care, an active collaboration
with local emergency management agencies, round-the-clock ability to perform
rapid diagnostic and laboratory testing, ability to administer intravenous
“clot-busting” medications to eligible patients, and availability
of telemedicine technology.
“Southern Regional Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the
greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its
Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Patrick
Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission.
“We commend the hospital for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially
providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
This certification is awarded for a two-year period and is awarded to Joint
Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.
Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability
in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds;
someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer
a new or recurrent stroke each year.