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Middletown Regional Hospital Earns Primary Stroke Center Certification

MIDDLETOWN, OH — Middletown Regional Hospital (MRH) has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations awarded MRH Primary Stroke Center Certification after conducting a rigorous review in July.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program, such as stroke, undergoes an extensive on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers once every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program's processes, the program's ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization and interviews with patients and staff.

"Middletown Regional Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients," says Charles A. Mowll, executive vice president, Business Development, Government, and External Relations, 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 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 this distinction" says Robb Snider, MD, Medical Director, MRH Stroke Program. "Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes Middletown Regional Hospital's commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients. It also signifies that our stroke care program meets national standards, offering the very best services, treatments and technologies to the people of this region."

The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association's statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program — the nation's first — in 2003.