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Joint Commission Awards Stroke Center the Gold Seal of Approval

April 09, 2009

Coliseum Medical Centers has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Coliseum Medical Centers earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in March 2009.

“Coliseum Medical Centers demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says Jean E. 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 ever 45 second and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We’re proud to achieve the distinction,” says Allen Golson, FACHE, CEO, Coliseum Health System. “Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes Coliseum Medical Centers’ commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.” The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program—the nation’s first—in 2003. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more then 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

Owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Coliseum Medical Centers is a 258 bed hospital offering an expansive range of state-of-the-art services designed to meet the comprehensive medical needs of central Georgia. It has a 24-hour emergency room, inpatient and outpatient surgery options, diagnostic services and orthopaedic rehabilitation programs. In addition, Coliseum Medical Centers’ breadth of care options includes specialty facilities such as the Coliseum Regional Cardiac Center, an advanced cardiac center offering all services from non-invasive cardiology to open heart surgery, Coliseum Cancer Center, Coliseum Diabetes Management Center, Coliseum Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, and the Family Ties Birthing Center, which includes a level III neonatal nursery.