(Encino, Calif., February 29, 2016) – Encino Hospital Medical Center
announced that is has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval
® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's
Heart-Check mark for
Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval ® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols
of quality from their respective organizations. The award furthers Encino
Hospital Medical Center's mission of delivering compassionate, quality
care to patients and better healthcare to communities.
Encino Hospital Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review in February
2016. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related
standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery
of clinical care and performance improvement.
"Encino Hospital Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest
level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced
Certification for Primary Stroke Centers," said Michele Sacco, M.S.,
interim executive director, Certification Programs. "We commend Encino
Hospital Medical Center for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially
providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community."
"Encino Hospital Medical Center is pleased to receive Advanced Certification
for Primary Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission and the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association," said Bockhi Park,
CEO of Encino Hospital Medical Center. "The certification provides
us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide
as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further."
Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary 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 the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers" (JAMA, 2000) and the "Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers" (Stroke, 2011).
Stroke is the number four 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.
About 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 20,500
health care organizations and programs in the United States, including
hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based
surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home 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. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations:
The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care's most critical safety and quality problems and
Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications.
Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care
organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission at
About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
The 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
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 visit www.heart.org/myhospital.
Encino Hospital Medical Center (EHMC)
is a 150-bed nonprofit Prime Healthcare hospital located in Encino, California.
It is staffed with 330 physicians and 420 professional support staff.
Servicing the greater San Fernando Valley, Encino Hospital provides 24/7
emergency services in addition to a wide range of highly specialized medical,
surgical and diagnostic services. Their state-of-the-art geriatric services
include a geriatric Senior ER, Comprehensive Senior Care Program, Geriatric
Inpatient Wing, and Gero-Psychiatric Inpatient Services. Attracting many
world-class physicians, their professional clinical teams use an interdisciplinary
approach to ensure comprehensive care for each patient. Please visit us at www.encinomed.org.