ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center recently announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(r) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center. The Gold Seal of Approval(r) and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

"We are very proud of the strong work of our Stroke Team that contributed to the successful re-certification of our Primary Stroke Center," says Mary McTigue, RN, Vice President/Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at Trinitas. "But more importantly, we are honored to provide excellent stroke care to the people of our communities."

With this certification, Trinitas joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care. To be eligible, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

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"This re-certification is a great symbol of how our Primary Stroke Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center maintains a high standard for our community and our stroke patients and their families," says Yocasta Corona, MSN, BSN, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator.

Trinitas underwent a rigorous onsite review when Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

"By achieving this advanced certification, Trinitas has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition," says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Trinitas for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves."

"The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates Trinitas on achieving Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "Meeting the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification represents a commitment to deliver high-quality care to all patients affected by stroke."

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive 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 Comprehensive Stroke Centers" (Stroke, 2005), "Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers" (Stroke, 2011) and recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.

Stroke is the number five 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.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 

American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The familiar Heart-Check mark now helps consumers evaluate their choices in hospital care. Each mark given to a hospital is earned by meeting specific standards for the care of patients with heart disease and/or stroke. The Heart-Check mark can only be displayed by hospitals that have achieved and defined requirements set by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. For more information on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association  Hospital Accreditation Program, click here

About Trinitas Regional Medical Center Trinitas Regional Medical 

Center, a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation.  With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine. For more information on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit www.TrinitasRMC.org or call (908) 994-5138.

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