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AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center earns Joint Commission advanced stroke certifications
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AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Atlantic City, home to the AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.
“This designation demonstrates our experienced team’s dedication to providing the highest quality of care in diagnosing and treating stroke, said Margaret Belfield, BSN, RN, MSN, executive vice president and chief operating officer, AtlantiCare. “It also highlights the team’s commitment to enhancing awareness about how vital it is to seek prompt treatment for stroke symptoms.”
With this certification, ARMC joins an elite group of health care organizations focused on highly-specialized stroke care.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1951 that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality reflecting the designated organization’s commitment to meeting performance standards.

Comprehensive Stroke Center is one of three three advanced levels of certification the Joint Commission confers for stroke programs:
• Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH)
• Primary Stroke Center (PSC)
• Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC)

To be eligible for Comprehensive Stroke Center designation, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with stroke-related standards as a Primary Stroke Center and meet additional requirements, including those related to advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

ARMC Mainland Campus earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers in June, 2016.


ARMC Atlantic City Campus underwent a rigorous onsite review in May of 2017, when Joint Commission experts evaluated its compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements.

“By achieving these advanced certifications, ARMC has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of its patients with a complex stroke condition,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Atlantic City Campus for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate the standard of its care for the community it serves.”

“The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association congratulates AtlantiCare on achieving Comprehensive Stroke Center certification,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Meeting the standards for Comprehensive Stroke Center certification represents a commitment to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

Established in 2012, Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2005), “Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011) and recommendations from a multidisciplinary advisory panel of experts in complex stroke care.


Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.



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