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Sentara CarePlex Hospital Earns National Stroke Certification 

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Recognized Among Virginia’s Top-rated Stroke Centers

Hampton, Virginia (March 8, 2011) The stroke program at Sentara CarePlex Hospital has earned the quality designation as a Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission for excellence in stroke care. The hospital is one of eight Hampton Roads hospitals to gain the certification.

Sentara CarePlex Hospital is now recognized for its efforts to foster better results for stroke patients, following a rigorous on-site review by a Joint Commission stroke care expert. With this certification, Sentara CarePlex Hospital joins top-rated stroke centers in Virginia.

The Joint Commission, a national hospital accrediting organization, certifies top-rated stroke programs based on quality and safety in three areas: compliance with national standards for stroke care, clinical guidelines for care; and performance measurement guidelines.

“We’re thrilled to reach this important milestone demonstrating the exceptional stroke care we provide at Sentara CarePlex Hospital,” says Debra Flores, Sentara CarePlex Hospital administrator. “This recognition reflects the dedication of our entire stroke team.”

According to the Joint Commission, certification demonstrates a facility: is patient-centered; employs performance measures to promote ongoing improvement in health status; encourages communication among the provider team; uses nationally recognized guidelines; and evaluates its care delivery sites to help put quality where it counts.

“Being honored as a Primary Stroke Center signals dedication to quality in meeting the specialized needs of stroke patients at Sentara CarePlex Hospital” says Richard M. Zweifler, M.D., neurologist with Sentara Medical Group and Chief of Neurosciences.

Virginia is within the Stroke Belt of the United States where mortality for stroke is higher than the rest of the nation.According to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, 2010 Update at a Glance, stroke is third leading cause of death in the U.S. Every 40 seconds someone in America has a stroke. About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year with about one quarter being under the age of 65. It’s estimated about 232,000 Americans will die from stroke this year. 

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