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Emory Johns Creek gets stroke certification

JOHNS CREEK -- Emory Johns Creek Hospital has earned primary stroke center certification.

After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the hospital was awarded the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval last week, officials said.

"We're proud to achieve this distinction from the Joint Commission," said Emory Johns Creek CEO Craig McCoy. "We are pleased to have the Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community."

The Joint Commission's primary stroke center certification is based on recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association's statements and guidelines for stroke care. The program was launched in 2003.

Each year, approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million survivors alive today.

Said Joint Commission executive director Jean Range: "By achieving certification as a primary stroke center, Emory Johns Creek Hospital has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients."