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SVMH Earns Stroke Certification by TJC

Hospital certified as a Stroke Receiving Center for Monterey County

SALINAS, CA, March 1, 2012—Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has earned special certification in the care of people with stroke from The Joint Commission. This certification allows SVMHS to be designated as an Advanced Primary Stroke Receiving Center for Monterey County.

Disease specific certifications, for conditions such as stroke, require a hospital to meet rigorous standards for the care of these patients. “This certification is another demonstration of our commitment to providing excellent care for our patients,” said Anne Robinson, RN, BSN, CPHQ, Director of Quality Management Services for SVMHS. “It is a testament to the dedication of our medical staff, healthcare professionals throughout SVMHS and hospital leadership by going above and beyond in the care of people with stroke.”

SVMH provides around-the-clock coverage by a neurologist, designated areas in the hospital with specially trained staff to care for patients with stroke, and integrated services from the Emergency Department, Pharmacy and Laboratory to Case Management, Diagnostic Imaging and Rehabilitation Services.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare 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 19,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500other healthcare organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System started out in 1953 as a 52-bed hospital. Since then it has grown to serve thousands of people in communities in the Central Coast area, from our hospital campus and through a network of affiliates. SVMHS now houses state-of-the-art specializations including the Heart Center opened in 1987, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Joint Replacement Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as advanced imaging and diagnostic tools. We are committed to providing the highest quality healthcare services for people who are ill or injured and to helping people live healthier lives through prevention and education efforts.


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