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Southern Ocean Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Manahawkin, NJ – Southern Ocean Medical Center announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

Southern Ocean underwent a rigorous onsite review in December of 2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“Southern Ocean Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” says Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Southern Ocean Medical Center for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

“We congratulate Southern Ocean Medical Center for achieving this designation,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, Southern Ocean Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

“Southern Ocean Medical Center is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” says Robert Adams, FACHE, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide, as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.