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NNMC awarded Primary Stroke Center certification



Northern Nevada Medical Center recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. With this advanced certification, Northern Nevada Medical Center has demonstrated that it provides the next generation of stroke care.

To achieve this prestigious certification, Northern Nevada Medical Center underwent rigorous on-site evaluation by the Joint Commission and was able to prove compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” said Mark W. Crawford, CEO Northern Nevada Medical Center. “We are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community.”

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Northern Nevada Medical Center has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care.

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