O’Connor Hospital again earns nationally acclaimed Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification

O’Connor Hospital has once again earned Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission. The nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, The Joint Commission awarded certification after conducting a comprehensive site review on December 9.

“O’Connor Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” says James F. Dover, FACHE, President & CEO of O’Connor Hospital. “This national recognition provides an important, independent evaluation and confirmation of our commitment to excellent stroke care.”

In 2011, O’Connor Hospital received the “Get with the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award” from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The award recognizes O’Connor Hospitals’ success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. In addition, O’Connor is one of two hospitals inSanta ClaraCounty to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Target Stroke Award in 2011. The Target Stroke Award recognizes hospitals that can deliver tPA (a clot-busting drug) with a door-to-needle time in less than 60 minutes.

Each year approximately 795,000 people will experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the third leading cause of death inAmerica. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability with more than 6 million stroke survivors alive today, affecting 4 out of 5 American families. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.

The Joint Commission’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements/guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program –  the nation’s first — in 2003. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

For more information about stroke symptoms or prevention, please visit www.oconnorhospital.org.