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Flagler Hospital's Stroke Care Program Awarded Certification from the Joint Commission

Flagler Hospital's Stroke Care Program Awarded Certification from the Joint Commission

ST. AUGUSTINE , FL – February 25, 2008 – Flagler Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. The hospital was awarded this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an unannounced on-site review in early February.

“FlaglerHospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says JeanE.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 every 45 seconds.

“Earning the Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification affirms the unified commitment of our employees and physicians to providing the members of this community with the best in stroke care,” says Flagler Hospital President, Joe Gordy. “We are proud to achieve yet another distinction that validates our ongoing dedication to clinical excellence.”

About The Joint Commission
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