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UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Wins Certification as Primary Stroke Center


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June 9, 2017 -- UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center, a designation that allows its Nethercutt Emergency Center to receive suspected stroke patients brought by paramedics, hospital officials announced Friday.

The designation was awarded following a successful site visit on March 24 by The Joint Commission, one of the country’s leading accrediting agencies, officials said. Until now, Saint John's Medical Center was the only certified stroke center in Santa Monica.

“We are extremely proud to have earned this designation and look forward to serving our community with state-of-the-art stroke care,” Dr. Doojin Kim, medical director of the hospital’s stroke program, said in a statement.

“Residents, visitors and their family members can be assured of receiving timely, efficient and compassionate stroke care, based on guidelines endorsed by the American Heart & Stroke Associations.”

Gaining certification "takes months of planning and preparation by a core stroke team, supported by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other health professionals," said Pamela Nye, program coordinator for the stroke center.

The Joint Commission surveyor conducting the site visit witnessed the hospital team's "rel time" response to two separate “code strokes” – one in the Intensive Care Unit, the other in the Emergency Room, hospital officials said.

“The teams performed flawlessly,” said Nye. “The surveyor was able to view our people and protocols in real-life situations.”

Nye said the surveyor later told her she had never been in a hospital where two codes occurred so soon after a survey started.

“Our team members knew exactly what to do and executed our protocols perfectly,” said Nye. “I was so proud.”

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center certification program was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, incorporating standards set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition.


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