Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System


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Joint Commission Awards PRMC "Perfect Score" Accreditation in Stroke, AMI and Hip/Knee Replacement Surgery

Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), through the work of its Guerrieri Heart and Vascular Institute and Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center teams, has again been awarded Joint Commission Gold Seal Approval, Disease-Specific Certification in Stroke, Total Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery and in the Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) or heart attack.  All four services received a "perfect score" from evaluators who indicated no requirements for improvement.

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 also 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.

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.

The recertification of the programs, originally awarded in 2008 and 2009, follows a recent extensive and rigorous on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers.  The programs were evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.  "In achieving Joint Commission certification again in Stroke, AMI and Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery, PRMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director, Disease-Specific Certification, The Joint Commission.  "Certification is voluntary, and I commend Peninsula Regional for successfully undertaking this challenge to evaluate its standards of care and for instilling confidence in the people of the Delmarva Peninsula."

In 2010, 568 people were treated for AMI at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the regional trauma center for the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Medical Center staff work closely with local EMS to quickly diagnose people who may be experiencing a heart attack.  That relationship allows for professional care in the field and rapid transport to the Medical Center's Emergency/Trauma Center.   If necessary, patients have immediate access to Peninsula Regional's Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute for additional treatment options including cardiac catheterization and coronary artery bypass surgery.  Thousands each year also rely on Peninsula Regional's Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department for a safe return to life's normal activities following an AMI experience.  That program is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Maryland.

Since the mid 1970's, surgeons at the Medical Center have performed over 10,000 total joint replacements.  More than 600 people are expected to receive a total hip, knee or shoulder replacement at Peninsula Regional in 2011.  Peninsula Regional Medical Center surgeons pioneered joint replacement surgery locally and have led its refinement, expansion and enhancement-as well as other trend-setting, mobility returning procedures-for the past five decades.

"With Joint Commission certification, we are making significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis, and this accreditation provides us a framework to take PRMC to an even higher level as we work to create a culture of exceptional healthcare provided by exceptional people," added Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE.

To learn more about the full range of cardiac, stroke or orthopaedic services at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, please visit the Medical Center's website at