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Saint Agnes awarded Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification
Start Date
07/27/2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Kelley Sanchez
(559) 450-2085 (office); (559) 779-6015 (cell)
kelley.sanchez@samc.com

Fresno, CA - Following a successful onsite review Friday, July 22, Saint Agnes Medical Center is pleased to announce its certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. Saint Agnes is now one of more than 800 certified stroke centers in 49 states.

Stroke is the nation's third leading cause of death, with nearly 800,000 Americans suffering from a new or recurrent stroke each year. This recent Joint Commission certification means that Saint Agnes follows evidence-based standards and guidelines that are shown to significantly improve stroke patient outcomes.

"We're proud to achieve this Joint Commission certification," Nancy Hollingsworth, RN, Saint Agnes Interim President and CEO, says. "This is great news for Valley patients, who can trust they have access to exceptional stroke care at Saint Agnes Medical Center."

The Joint Commission's certification is based on recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements and guidelines for stroke care.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs nationwide. The Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification is the Joint Commission's first advanced certification program.
For a complete list of programs certified by The Joint Commission, visit www.qualitycheck.org.

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