Temecula Valley Hospital announced that 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 Primary Stroke Center Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.
TVH underwent a rigorous onsite review on May 5. Joint Commission experts evaluated adherence to stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.
“Temecula Valley Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. “We commend Temecula Valley Hospital for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”
“We congratulate Temecula Valley Hospital for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Temecula Valley Hospital has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”
“Temecula Valley Hospital is pleased to receive Advanced Certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Darlene Wetton, Chief Executive Officer, Temecula Valley Hospital. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide. Being the first and only, Advanced Primary Stroke Center with this designation in the region sets us apart as a leader in stroke care.”
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.
Temecula Valley Hospital is located at 31700 Temecula Parkway, and brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents. As the region’s newest acute care facility, the hospital features 140 private patient rooms, 24 hour a day emergency care, advanced cardiac and stroke care, orthopedics and general medical care and surgical specialties.