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For Immediate Release
Sinai Hospital's Stroke Center Earns Certificate of Distinction
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has
awarded the Stroke Center at Sinai Hospital with a Primary Stroke Center Certification, recognizing
the center for its exceptional efforts in fostering better outcomes in stroke
care. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore is the only community hospital in
the area to earn such a designation.
"Earning certification by the Joint Commission is an assurance to our
patients that Sinai is using the latest and best therapies and treatments to
ensure the best possible outcomes,” said Adrian Goldszmidt, M.D., head of the Stroke Center at Sinai
and head of the Division of Neurology.
The Joint Commission's certificate of distinction for Primary Stroke Centers
requires certified centers to comply with the national standards and performance
measurement expectations, signifying that those centers provide the critical
elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes.
The services provided at the Stroke Center at Sinai Hospital help decrease
complications from the disease while increasing the efficiency of necessary
care. The Stroke Center's streamlined system allows patients to receive proper
and prompt care; it includes a multidisciplinary approach from emergency
medicine, neurology, neurosurgery and interventional radiology, rehabilitation
services, pharmacy and social work.
In addition, the Stroke Center works hand-in-hand with the hospital's Rehabilitation Center, which has developed and implemented a
Stroke and Neurology Support Group that provides comprehensive rehabilitation to
patients and support for their families.
"The dedicated staff at the Stroke Center follow patients throughout their
entire stay, from admission and treatment to discharge and rehabilitation,” said
Goldszmidt. "The Stroke Center is able to utilize all of the resources offered
at Sinai and deliver comprehensive care to patients and their families on one
The Primary Stroke Center Certification awarded by the Joint Commission is
based on guidelines issued by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke
Association, which have made recommendations on best practices to achieve
consistently good patient outcomes.
The Joint Commission is an independent
not-for-profit organization and the nation's oldest and largest
standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. It evaluates and
accredits more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United
States, including more than 7,800 hospitals and home-care organizations.
The Stroke Center at Sinai Hospital is a program of the new Brain and Spine
Institute of LifeBridge Health, a center of excellence for neurological and
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore is a member of LifeBridge Health, a regional health
care organization, which includes Northwest Hospital Center, Levindale Hebrew
Geriatric Center and Hospital, Jewish
Convalescent & Nursing Home, and related subsidiaries and affiliates.
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