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Hospital acknowledged for superior stroke care and services

Ocean Medical Center has received certification from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. This distinguished recognition demonstrates that the medical center's stroke program is one of the best in the region.

"Ocean Medical Center 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 Peter Daniels, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. "Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes Ocean's commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community."

This marks the second special designation that Ocean Medical Center has received for its comprehensive stroke program and services. Earlier this year, the medical center was designated a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services after a rigorous inspection and survey process.

According to Stephen Martino, M.D., medical director of the stroke program and a Board Certified neurologist at Ocean Medical Center, "Time is critical when dealing with a stroke. The sooner you receive treatment, the better your chances of recovery. The Stroke team at Ocean Medical Center is able to quickly respond, evaluate, and deliver lifesaving clot-busting medication within the vital three hour window of opportunity for optimal recovery."

As a Primary Stroke Center, Ocean Medical Center has specialized services to meet the needs of stroke patients quickly and efficiently, 24/7. Key features of the Primary Stroke Center include:
.. Full-time coverage by a rapid-response stroke team comprised of a nurse practitioner or R.N. and a neurologist.
.. Access to medication that can be administered within the 3 hour window in Ocean's Emergency Department or in the Critical Care Unit for inpatient stroke emergencies.
.. 24 hour access to comprehensive diagnostic equipment including laboratory testing and CT Scan.
.. Shore Rehabilitation Institute is on-site to continue the rehabilitation process should it be required.
.. Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Continuum of Care - from early intervention in the Emergency Department to rehabilitation, home care, assisted living, and medical equipment.

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.

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.