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PRMC Earns Mid-Cycle Joint Commission Certification in AMI, Stroke and Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery

Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC), through the work of its Primary Stoke Center, Guerrieri Heart and Vascular Institute and Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center teams, has been awarded mid-cycle Joint Commission Gold Seal Approval, Disease-Specific Certification in Total Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery and in the Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) or heart attack.  PRMC also maintains its Joint Commission designation and certification as a Primary Stroke Center. 


Disease-specific certification is awarded for two years by the Joint Commission.  This mid-cycle review process is designed to ensure continuous standards compliance and operational improvement.  In short, approval ensures that Peninsula Regional continues to provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services.  Mid-cycle review also allows PRMC to identify opportunities for improvement in those processes and to follow through on implementing them before the next full-cycle review in 2013.


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 seven million survivors alive today.  On average, someone suffers a stroke in the United States every 40 seconds, and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America today.


“In achieving Joint Commission certification again in both AMI and Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery, and in maintaining its Primary Stroke Center certification, PRMC continues to demonstrate 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 2011, over 550 people were treated for AMI at Peninsula Regional Medical Center; a Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) designated Cardiac Intervention Center for the Eastern Shore.  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 700 people are expected to receive a total hip, knee or shoulder replacement at Peninsula Regional in 2012.  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 a 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,” added Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO.  “We’re not perfect, but each of us is focused on becoming better at what we do every day.  That constancy of purpose and excellent teamwork is what ultimately turns very good hospitals into great hospitals and great hospitals into America’s best hospitals.”


To learn more about the full range of stroke, cardiac and orthopaedic services at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, please visit the Medical Center’s website at www.peninsula.org.