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PRMC Earns "Perfect Score" Certification in Stroke from The Joint Commission

Following a recent rigorous and extensive on-site evaluation, and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Primary Stroke Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.  PRMC is one of 17 hospitals in the state of Maryland and the only hospital on the Eastern Shore to achieve and maintain this designation since 2006.  The service received a "perfect score" from evaluators who indicated no requirements for improvement.

"In stroke care, time is brain," stated Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification of the Joint Commission.  "By again achieving this certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Peninsula Regional Medical Center has proven that it has the ability to effectively provide timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients."

The Stroke Team at Peninsula Regional treats-on average-nearly 40 patients each month who arrive at the Medical Center's Emergency/Trauma Center with stroke symptoms, volumes that rival centers like Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and others in much larger, urban areas.  The prevalence of stroke regionally is clearly linked to public risk factors including tobacco use, diabetes, high cholesterol, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption where the Delmarva Peninsula witnesses an equal or higher percentage of each compared to Maryland's population as a whole. 

Statistics also indicate that upwards of 70% of the people who display symptoms here on the Delmarva Peninsula will suffer a stroke within 48 to 72 hours if they are not treated rapidly and properly within a three hour window of opportunity from the first sign of those symptoms.  Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability not only on the Delmarva Peninsula but across the nation, with roughly 4.7 million survivors alive today.

"It's our commitment to extraordinary care and implementing all necessary measures to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients that has set the clinical standard for everything we do at Peninsula Regional," added Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE.   "Joint Commission certification by independent clinical leaders verifies that our Primary Stroke Center meets or exceeds national standards and guidelines, and that we have the team and the resources in place here to significantly improve outcomes for our friends and neighbors who reach us within that all important three hour window."

To learn more about Peninsula Regional's Primary Stroke Center and the services provided, please visit the Medical Center's website at www.peninsula.org.