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Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - Stroke Center at Imperial Point Medical Center Achieves Joint Commission Certification

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Imperial Point Medical Center’s (IPMC) Primary Stroke Center has received certification from The Joint Commission.  A team including staff from the emergency department, intensive care and progressive care units, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech, and radiology were responsible for achieving The Joint Commission certification.

The mission statement of IPMC’s primary stroke program is to provide world-class healthcare for the prevention and treatment of an acute stroke.  Imperial Point hopes to increase the number of patients who will visit the emergency department within three hours of a stroke onset; to promote evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to facilitate consistent delivery of care; and to increase the percentage of patients receiving the appropriate thrombolytic medication within three hours.

“We are thrilled to have received our first disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission designating Imperial Point Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center,” said Calvin Glidewell, CEO at IPMC.  “This means that we can begin to aggressively get the word out to the area’s EMS providers and to our community at large that we have the facilities, systems, processes, and protocols to effectively treat stroke patients within the first three hours of onset of symptoms.  Not all hospitals in the community have this designation so we are very proud of this significant accomplishment.”

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 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.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. 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.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the five largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.BrowardHealth.org.