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[/caption]June 23, 2010
Martha Jefferson Hospital is pleased to announce it has been named an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, a leading healthcare accreditation agency.The Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification recognizes Martha Jefferson Hospital's exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care and signifies the services provided at the hospital include the critical elements needed to achieve long-term success in improving stroke outcomes.The teamwork at Martha Jefferson Hospital is what allowed us to excel and achieve this great accomplishment," said Dr. Alexander Grunsfeld, Stroke Program Medical Director. "Everyone from members of the Lab, Pharmacy staff, Medical Imaging and Rehabilitation Services staff were involved and their hard work is reflective of Martha Jefferson's commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community."Stroke is the third leading cause of the death in the United States, and each year approximately 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds.