November 27, 2012
Salem, VA, November, 2012 – On average, every 40 seconds, someone suffers a stroke. Getting timely and effective care can significantly improve the patient’s outcome. The Joint Commission recently recognized LewisGale Medical Center for the quality of its stroke program and awarded the facility a Gold Seal of Approval™ for achieving certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.
“We went through a rigorous evaluation process to achieve this distinction including an on-site review of our stroke program,” said Victor Giovanetti, President, LewisGale Regional Health System. “This certification is another example of our commitment to provide a level of care that meets or exceeds national standards and gives our patients the best health outcomes possible.”
LewisGale Medical Center’s multidisciplinary approach to stroke care involves collaboration among several departments including emergency medicine, neurology, radiology, and rehab services.
“Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends LewisGale Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P, M.P.H., President, The Joint Commission.
Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.