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CHS Stroke Care Program Certified by Joint Commission


Covenant Health (CHS) is the first in the region to earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.  CHS earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in September.

“Covenant Health demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for its stroke patients,” Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission, said.

Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death.  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 in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We’re proud to achieve the distinction,” Tim Smith, R.N., E.M.T.-P., stroke coordinator for Covenant Medical Center, said.  “The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes Covenant’s commitment to providing clinical excellence to our patients, our community and the region.”

The Joint Commission’s 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.

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 evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 9,500 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,300 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. 

In addition, The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers and health care staffing services.  An independent, not-for-profit 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

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