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Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center Received

February 14, 2012

Edward White Hospital, “Your Community Hospital” receives Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

St. Petersburg, FL - After successfully completing an unannounced, on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Edward White Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. The Hospital was first certified in 2007 and continues to provide the next generation in high quality stroke care.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction and recognition from The Joint Commission,” says Richard Frank Interim CEO of Edward White Hospital. “Our commitment to the local residents of Pinellas County will continue as we strive to provide quality healthcare to our community through the outstanding efforts made on a daily basis by our medical staff of Edward White Hospital.”

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 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. In stroke care time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Edward White Hospital has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

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 and guidelines of An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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