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Southern Regional Receives Advanced Primary Stroke Center Re-certification

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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 we serve.”

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.