Central Carolina Hospital Receives Advanced Recertification from the Joint Commission for Stroke and Heart Failure

January 11, 2016

Sanford, N.C. (July 21, 2015) – Central Carolina Hospital earns 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 and Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

"Central Carolina Hospital is proud to be recertified for our stroke and heart failure services," said David Loving, hospital CEO. "These distinctions represent our continued dedication to enhancing the safety and quality of care we provide our patients."

The hospital received the awards after being evaluated by Joint Commission experts for compliance with disease-specific care standards, heart failure-specific requirements, and stroke-related standards and requirements. These include program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

The Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The Advanced Certification in Heart Failure recognizes heart failure programs that include either a hospital-based and hospital-owned outpatient heart failure clinic or have a collaborative relationship with one or more attending cardiology practices.

"Central Carolina Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients who are being treated for heart failure and stroke," said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs. "We commend Central Carolina Hospital for becoming a leader in stroke and heart failure care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients in the community."

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and dies of a stroke every four minutes. Nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. In turn, more than an estimated 5 million people suffer from heart failure. About 825,000 people are diagnosed with the condition each year, and more than 1/3 of those individuals will die. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life through a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.

For more information about the services offered at Central Carolina Hospital, please visit www.centralcarolinahosp.com/en-us/ourservices/medicalservices.