Porter Adventist Hospital Receives Certification as Primary Stroke Center

Porter Adventist Hospital Receives Certification as Primary Stroke Center

DENVER (Feb. 4, 2010) - Porter Adventist Hospital has received certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Certificate of Distinction, received in December after an on-site review in the fall, recognizes the exceptional efforts the Porter Stroke Program has made with a cohesive, multidisciplinary approach to foster better outcomes for stroke patients.

This Gold Seal of Approval recognition is a reflection of Porters commitment to provide the highest level of treatment for stroke patients," said Randy Haffner, CEO of Porter Adventist Hospital. We are extremely proud of achieving this designation."

Porter developed a stroke alert program, in partnership with pre-hospital emergency services personnel, and began working toward certification in the summer of 2008, joining the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program of the Colorado Stroke Alliance. The hospital then underwent an extensive on-site review conducted by reviewers with expertise in stroke care. The certification decision was based on the evaluation of standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities.

The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification Program is based on the Recommendations for Primary Stroke Centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association guidelines. Certified Primary Stroke Centers are held to high standards in the areas of quality, safety and patient care outcomes. Certified centers must also collect and report on eight National Inpatient Hospital Quality Measures for stroke. Porters Stroke Program also is an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines participating hospital, and has received the Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the AHA/ASA.

Each year about 700,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nations third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke about every 3 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

For more information on the Porter Stroke Program, visit www.porterhospital.org/stroke.

About Porter Adventist Hospital
Porter Adventist Hospital is a full service, Nursing Magnet designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center for complex medicine and surgery patients. In addition to being ranked No. 1 in overall cardiac care in Colorado by HealthGrades, Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care and transplant. Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is part of Centura Health, Colorados largest hospital and health care network delivering advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 12 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, Flight for Life and home care and hospice services. Porters and Centura's strength lies in the ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For more information about Porter Adventist Hospital, visit www.porterhospital.org or the Media Room at http://porter.mediaroom.com.

About The Joint Commission
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 than 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.