HEALTH AND WELLNESS: GMC campuses earn national designation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Medical Center's Lawrenceville and Duluth campuses have been designated as primary stroke centers for the sixth consecutive year.

The hospital system announced recently that The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant accrediting body in health care, reaffirmed GMC's designations as hospitals "that make dramatic efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients."

"Each day, GMC staff works tirelessly to make every patient's experience the best it can be, which is reflected in our recertification as primary stroke center by The Joint Commission and serves as guide for our community when making critical decisions," GMC CEO Phillip Wolfe said in a statement.

"I have a depth of gratitude to all of the staff at each level who provide the highest quality health care to our patients."

Once a patient experiencing a stroke arrives at one of GMC's campuses, a stroke team is activated to begin tests and determine the best treatment to lessen or alleviate the effects of the stroke.

After being expedited through the emergency department, the patient is admitted to the stroke unit and, if appropriate, reviewed by GMC's internationally accredited Glancy Rehabilitation Center.

Gwinnett Medical Center's stroke program also includes research studies that offer investigational medications, education through community stroke screenings and internal education through regular mock training.