The Joint Commission is an independent organization that accredits hospitals nationwide. In addition to accrediting hospitals for their overall quality, the Joint Commission also reviews specific programs, such as stroke-care programs.
A stroke is caused by a blood clot in a blood vessel of the brain, blocking needed oxygen and potentially causing permanent brain damage if not treated quickly and effectively. Stroke care is important because stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and it is a top cause of serious disability in adults.
The Joint Commission grants its Gold Seal of Approval to advanced primary stroke centers to hospitals that meet rigorous criteria for providing stroke patients with the highest level of care. Advanced primary stroke centers, such as University Hospital, design their programs and care for patients based on medical evidence shown to provide patients the best health outcomes.
Aug. 19, 2010 JC-MUHC