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South County Hospital recertified as Primary Stroke Center

Published 05/05/2016

William Sabina, MD

South County Hospital has been recertified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s predominant standard-setting and accredited body in health care. This recertification acknowledges that South County Hospital is providing stroke care that is consistent with current evidence-based best practices and approved clinical practice guidelines. 

“The South County Hospital Stroke Team works to ensure that the Hospital is maintaining ongoing advances in stroke care, implementing the necessary policies, produces, and protocols, educating staff, and educating the community to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke leading to early treatment and the best possible outcome,” said William Sabina, MD, medical staff president, stroke team member.

The recertification process consisted of a surveyor from The Joint Commission who shadowed six patients from their arrival in the emergency department, through CAT scan, to the Intensive Care Unit, and eventually to inpatient care. The surveyor also conducted competency reviews to ensure that staff caring for stroke patients has appropriate orientation, credentials, and the ongoing training necessary to remain current and provide optimal care.