SOURCE: Alvarado Hospital

Alvarado Hospital

March 09, 2010 09:00 ET

Hospital Earns National Distinction for Stroke Programs

Alvarado Hospital First in Western United States to Earn Dual Certification

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) -  Alvarado Hospital's stroke rehabilitation program has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission Certification. With this designation, Alvarado becomes the first hospital in the Western United States to earn dual certification as a Primary Stroke Center and as a Gold Seal of Approval™ stroke rehabilitation program.

Alvarado Hospital is the first hospital in California to earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ for its stroke rehabilitation program, and is currently one of the very few community hospitals in Southern California with this prestigious designation.

"Alvarado Hospital joins an elite and small group of hospitals in achieving Joint Commission certification of its stroke rehabilitation program," said Dr. Patrick Delaney, stroke program director at Alvarado Hospital. "We are proud of the comprehensive stroke care provided for our patients and the community."

Additionally, Alvarado Hospital was recognized by the American Heart/Stroke Associations at the 2010 International Stroke Conference for achieving the Gold Performance Achievement Award for Stroke Care.

By being recognized by the Joint Commission and the American Heart/Stroke Association, Alvarado Hospital has demonstrated it has met the highest standards in stroke care across the continuum.

"This special recognition validates the dedication of our interdisciplinary rehabilitation team," said Dr. Lance Stone, medical director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Alvarado Hospital. "Neurologic recovery requires an experienced team to return survivors to a new and satisfying life following a stroke, and now our team is recognized among the best in the U.S."

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